The Taliban government has issued a new law that prohibits women from appearing in television dramas in Afghanistan. Female journalists and presenters were ordered to wear a headscarf when appearing on television, although it was not explained in detail what type of head covering that could be used.
Journalists consider that some of the rules issued by the Taliban are unclear and tend to have multiple interpretations. Hijab The Taliban’s latest guidelines for television channels in Afghanistan consist of eight new rules.
One of them is banning the screening of films deemed to be against Sharia principles and values prevailing in the country. Impressions that show the intimate parts of the male body are also prohibited. In addition, the Taliban prohibits comedy and entertainment deemed insulting to religion or offensive to Afghans.
Films from abroad that promote foreign values and cultures are also not allowed to be broadcast. So far, Afghan television has shown foreign dramas with women as the main characters. Hujjatullah Mujaddedi, a member of the organization representing journalists in Afghanistan, said he did not expect the issuance of this new regulation.
He told the BBC that some of the rules were impractical and could force broadcasters to close if implemented. The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August. Unisma Various parties fear that this Islamic militant group will impose strict restrictions and rules.
This concern reflects on the rules they implemented when they came to power in Afghanistan in the 1990s, which forbade women to get an education and work. After the Taliban took power again after the departure of US troops and their allies in August, they ordered girls and boys to stay home and not go to school.
The law makes Afghanistan the only country in the world that prohibits half of its population from getting an education. The mayor of Kabul has asked female employees to stay at home, unless their jobs cannot be replaced by men. Hijab The Taliban claim that their restrictions on women working and studying girls are “temporary” and are only in place to ensure all workplaces and learning environments are “safe” for women.