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In Afghanistan, the Taliban urges television stations to refrain from showing women in the series.

As part of the Taliban’s Ministry of Morality’s campaign to promote morality and prevent evil, it has called on Afghan television to stop airing programs that feature women. “Religious Orders” Aired Sunday, November 21st.

“Televisions should avoid showing soap operas and series in which women play Rosewater”, Refers to the document of the Ministry for the attention of the media. He also asked that female journalists wear it “Islamic Veil” On screen, regardless of whether it is a simple scarf or the veil that is already usually worn on Afghan TVs or a high veil. Afghan television is also invited to skip the show “Against Islamic and Afghan values” As well as those who insult religion or “Show the Prophet and His Companions”.

“This is not a question of rules, but a question of religious precepts.”Ministry spokesman Haqqif Mohajir said. This is the first time the ministry has tried to regulate Afghan television since the Taliban came to power in mid-August.

Television and cinema were banned from 1996 to 2001

During their first reign, from 1996 to 2001, the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Evil was responsible for ensuring daily respect. “Islamic Values” The population feared for its fundamentalism and the punishments it inflicted.

The Taliban banned television, movies, and all forms of immoral entertainment. Those caught watching television were punished and their equipment destroyed, and the public was punished with flogging if they had a VCR. For a while, I could even see televisions hanging in the streetlights.

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Undesirable girls in school and public services

The Taliban, ousted in 2001, returned to power last August in a country with a changed media landscape after 20 years of Western rule. In these two decades, the media sector has exploded, and dozens of private radio and television stations have sprung up, offering new opportunities for women who are not allowed to work or study under the law. The Taliban of the 90s.

Today, despite a very modest face, the Taliban still do not allow many women to return to work in the public service. Classes for girls in middle and high schools and public universities are not yet open in most parts of the country.

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In private universities, the Taliban demanded that female students be veiled. Their militants also repeatedly attacked journalists accused of covering women’s demonstrations. “Unauthorized”.

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