By Natalia Antelava
BBC Central Asian correspondent
Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov has personally inaugurated a massive book-shaped building dedicated to the free media.
The building has high-tech libraries and archives
The House of Free Creativity aims to create a comfortable environment for journalists, the government says.
But a building devoted to press freedom is an irony in a country where journalism is state-controlled.
Turkmenistan has no private or foreign media, and the internet is inaccessible for most people.
In the past few years, President Niyazov - who runs one of the world's most authoritarian regimes - has launched a series of extravagant projects.
Those included building of an ice palace and a ski resort in a desert and planting a cypress forest designed to change the country's climate.
The new building, which glitters in the dark, features high-tech libraries and archives, fountains and state-of-the-art air conditioning and heating systems.
President Niyazov has created a personality cult
All of it is designed to create a comfortable environment for the journalists who work for the state controlled press, according to the pro-government website.
There is no privately-owned media in the Central Asian nation, and all four state television channels only broadcast poems and statements written by President Niyazov.
His profile features permanently in the corner of the screens.
Observers say a sophisticated spy network that monitors every step of every Turkmen citizen means that no-one can practise journalism freely.
Those few who try to work undercover are regularly harassed, beaten and jailed, and even helping rare foreign visitors could have serious repercussions, according to Reporters Without Borders.
Last month, a 58-year-old reporter for Radio Liberty, Ogulsapar Muradova, died in a high security prison.
She was one of three journalists jailed on charges of illegal possession of arms and anti-state activities.
Officials said Ms Muradova died from natural causes, but eye witnesses said her body bore clear marks of torture.