Afghanistan: Taliban do not want women in TV series

the essential Afghan televisions are called upon to no longer broadcast series showing women, according to a document that the Taliban broadcast to the media.

“Televisions must avoid showing soap operas and series in which women have played rose water.” This is indicated in a document from the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, released on Sunday.

In these “religious directives”, the Taliban ministry asks women journalists to wear “the Islamic veil” when they appear on screen. The document does not specify whether it is the headscarf, usually already worn on Afghan televisions, or a more covering veil. “It is not a question of rules but of religious directives”, specifies the spokesperson for the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Hakif Mohajir.

Another recommendation for televisions: avoid programs “opposed to Islamic and Afghan values”, programs which insult religion or which “show the prophet and his companions”.

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This is the first time since their return to power last summer that the Taliban have tried to regulate Afghan television programs. During their first reign between 1996 and 2001, they had banned television and cinema.

Afghanistan now has dozens of private radio and television stations.

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