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Tajikistan Launches Campaign to Curb Mobile Phone Use

Authorities in Tajikistan are tearing down advertisements for mobile telephones, after President Emomali Rakhmon criticized use of the devices.

The leader of the Central Asian nation says people are spending too much of their monthly income on mobile phone service.

President Rakhmon has also warned of potential health hazards stemming from mobile phone use.

More than 70 percent of Tajikistan's population of more than seven million own mobile phones.

Tajik mobile phone companies say the restrictions on advertising and other measures will hurt the development of the mobile telecommunications industry which they say has been flourishing in the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.