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Afghan women speak up against new Taliban media guidelines

Afghan journalists and activists have expressed concern over a new 'religious guideline' issued by...

👤 H K Badal25 Nov 2021 5:42 PM GMT
Afghan women speak up against new Taliban media guidelines
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Afghan journalists and activists have expressed concern over a new "religious guideline" issued by Taliban rulers, saying the move is yet another form of control over women.

The Taliban, which took over Afghanistan roughly 100 days ago, on Nov 21 urged female journalists to follow a dress code and called on TV stations to stop showing soap operas featuring women, sparking fears over women's rights and media freedom.

Akif Muhajir, spokesman for the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said "these are not rules but a religious guideline".

However, activists fear it could be misused to harass female journalists, many of whom have already fled the country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover on August 15.

The Taliban has been accused of backing down on its pledge to protect women's rights and media freedom. The latest move, which called on women to wear the hijab while presenting their reports, does not specify which type of covering to use.

Such restrictions, as well as tightening control on news reporting, has been done to preserve "national interest", according to the group.