Women banned from Afghan television dramas under new Taliban media rules

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All dramas, cleaning soap operas and leisure reveals that includes ladies are prohibited, in accordance with the federal government tips issued to broadcasters on Sunday.

The nation’s Ministry for the Propagation of Advantage and the Prevention of Vice issued eight directives regarding what’s allowed to be broadcast, within the first restrictions of their type imposed on the nation’s media community.

Among the many directives, ladies information presenters should now put on headscarves on display. Equally, males on display should put on “correct garments,” though the rules don’t specify which sorts of garments are thought-about “correct.”

The ministry added that movies in opposition to Islamic legislation and Afghan values shouldn’t be broadcast, nor ought to international and home movies that “promote international tradition and values.”

The principles additionally state that leisure and comedy packages “shouldn’t be primarily based on insulting others,” nor “for the insult of human dignity and Islamic values.”

Lastly, TV reveals depicting the “prophets and companions” shouldn’t be broadcast, it mentioned.

Below the earlier Taliban authorities — in energy from 1996 to 2001 — tv was prohibited in addition to most different types of media.

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Monday’s robust new media guidelines come regardless of pledges from the Taliban that they might be extra reasonable in exercising energy this time round.

The Taliban seized energy in Afghanistan in mid-August as the US and Western allies withdrew their forces. Girls and women had been rapidly instructed to remain residence from work and faculty, and the restrictions on tv appearances additional restrict ladies’s freedoms beneath the brand new regime.

When a gaggle of girls protested the announcement of the all-male authorities in Kabul in September, Taliban fighters beat them with whips and sticks.

In October, CNN spoke to ladies in Kabul who had been returning to public areas after staying inside through the preliminary first few unsure weeks of Taliban rule.

However the Taliban’s newest media ruling reveals ladies’s presence in public life remains to be precarious.