Only three months after coming to power, the Taliban have been imposing new rules on Afghan televisions since Sunday in order to gradually alienate women from the small screen.
The Taliban introduced new Sunday “religious guidelines“Who call on Afghan televisions to no longer broadcast programs on their antennas”opposed to Islamic and Afghan values“.
“Televisions must avoid showing soap operas and series in which women have starred“, thus indicates a document of the Taliban ministry for the Promotion of the virtue and the Prevention of the vice addressed to the media, which targets here Turkish programs, very popular in the country.
This same document also asks the few women journalists still in office to wear “theIslamic veil“without specifying whether it is a simple scarf, which is already usually worn on the screen, or a much more covering scarf.
Afghan televisions are also called upon to avoid programs which insult religion or “show the prophet and his companionsAs for the men, they must be covered from the chest to the knees. The spokesman of the ministry, Hakif Mohajir, did not fail to specify that he does not “not rules, but religious guidelines. ”
This is of course not the first time that this ministry has attempted to regulate Afghan television. During their first reign, from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned television, movies and all forms of entertainment deemed immoral. Those caught watching television were punished, their equipment destroyed, and those in possession of VCRs were liable to public flogging.