Talibani new directive to stoppage of women actors on Television, all women newsreaders to wear Hijabs
The Talibani Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue & Prevention of Vice (MPVPV) has given new directives to all sections of Afghan media.
The Ministry officials have authorized a new “Religious Guidelines, “according to which it has asked for immediate stoppage of all soap operas and television dramas that feature a woman as actors in their episodes.
The Ministry has also declared among its first put-out directives that not only television dramas featuring women are banned, but even all women journalists or newsreaders presenting news reports were called upon to present news only after adorning a Hijab.
Another main directive issued by the Talibani Ministry (MPVPV) also has all media channels not at all to air any films or any television programs in which Prophet Mohammed or other figures revered in Islam are shown or portrayed.
The Ministry has further declared that any film aired or any of the programs on television seen to be going against the holy Islamic or Afghani values is automatically banned.
Talibani Ministry (MPVPV) official spokesman Hakif Mohajir told AFP news that the world should not point these rules as any Hardcore directives but that they were religious guidelines for the betterment of all Afghanis.
The new directives were circulated through the media, while social media also spread the news more widely.
The Taliban had proclaimed that during their reign this time they would put up moderate directives, but the same has not been upheld as a number of journalists were manhandled, which has led to doubt the freedom of the press to be maintained.
Also, personal rules of what a woman should wear in public have been given out.
People watching television were physically flogged in public, and their television sets were smashed as the Taliban authorities had deemed all entertainment as immoral.
Only the “Voice of Sharia”radio propagating all Islamic values were allowed to be aired.
The Islamics had ruled from 1996 to 2001 previously, wherein at that period there was no form of Afghan media, television, films, or any form of entertainment, the Islamics were thrown out of power with help from western countries who also had helped the growth of Afghan media.
A number of channels airing programs on par with American Idol were set up with the help received from western nations.
All the above have been stopped by the new directives from the Talibani Ministry.