Taliban ban women TV shows in Afghanistan; Government to tight control

The Taliban have again enforced strict anti-women laws in Afghanistan. The Taliban government has ordered TV channels across the country to suspend all shows featuring women. The government has also made it clear that women TV journalists should wear the hijab when covering news. A government spokesman said it was not a law but a religious guideline. The new guidelines were released via social media.

Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban banned most entertainment, including TV channels and movies. The only radio station that worked was ‘Voice of Sharia’. Since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan TV channels have aired music videos and TV shows from Turkey and India.

When the Taliban came to power this time, they made it clear that they would not impose strict restrictions on the country, but every step made it clear that the regime was backtracking. The government had also issued instructions regarding the dress code for girls in universities. Freedom of the press was guaranteed, but many journalists were attacked.

English Summary: Taliban to Afghan networks: ‘Stop airing shows with women actors’