Taliban Ban TV Stations from Broadcasting Dramas Showing Female Actors

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The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan issued new rules regarding television broadcasting in the country. The Taliban asked television stations to stop broadcasting dramas and soap operas featuring female actors.

Reported by AFP, Monday (11/22/2021) this regulation was issued by the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Crime. In addition, the Taliban also asked female television journalists to wear the Islamic headscarf when delivering news.

In addition, the channel is also asked not to show films or programs featuring the Prophet Muhammad or other respected figures.

The ministry spokesman said the ban was not a rule. Rather a ‘religious guide’

“These are not rules but religious guidelines’,” ministry spokesman Hakif Mohajir told AFP.

The new directive went viral on Sunday evening on social media networks.

The Taliban’s guidelines for TV networks come after two decades of explosive growth for Afghanistan’s independent media under a Western-backed government that ruled the country until August 15, when the Islamist group returned to power.

Dozens of television channels and radio stations were set up with Western help and private investment soon after the Taliban were overthrown in 2001.

Over the past 20 years, Afghan television channels have offered a variety of programming — from “American Idol”-style singing competitions to music videos, along with several Turkish and Indian soap operas.

When Islamists previously ruled from 1996 to 2001, there was no Afghan media to speak of — they banned television, movies, and most other forms of entertainment, deeming them immoral.

People caught watching television face punishment, including having their sets destroyed. Ownership of a video player can lead to public lashing.

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