They have deprived them of school and sport, it is forbidden to listen and make music, work is an unattainable mirage. To these prohibitions are added new ones. All aimed at women. The Taliban demand that soap operas do not appear and that TV presenters are as covered as possible when they appear on video. These are the priorities of those who govern a financially devastated country and without the minimum to feed for a large part of the population.
The Taliban government has presented eight rules, new guidelines on television. There are bans on the films considered “Contrary to sharia principles and Afghan values” and for images and videos «that expose private parts of the body». Obviously no foreign films, but also no comedy and entertainment that could be considered offensive to Afghans and to religion.
“It is not a question of rules, but of religious directives,” explained the spokesman for the ministry, Hakif Mohajir. “Televisions must avoid showing soap operas in which women play,” says the document, which also speaks of greater coverage of journalists and presenters who are already veiled. These rules come unexpectedly according to Hujjatullah Mujaddedi of the journalists’ association.
Journalists have mostly been removed from their jobs with the return of the Taliban. They have only partially been reinstated to show the good intentions of the government. Emblematic is the image of Farzanah Ayoubi, a journalist before the arrival of the new regime, shot by a colleague who posted his image on the street next to his things for sale on Twitter. “Farzanah has lost her job, as a woman she cannot find a job and is forced to be a street vendor,” said Miraqa Popal, former editor of Tolo News, according to Corriere della Sera.
As for the TV series, the damage is above all to those Turkish which are the most viewed in the country. There are no major local productions. These soap operas mostly feature women and are the flagship broadcasts of many local TV stations owned by local warlords.
All this in an economically very difficult country that is going to face the winter without electricity and with little food for the population. There are more and more cases of those who sell their daughters, child brides, for $ 50, according to UNICEF data.
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