Afghan Taliban's Eight-Point Directive Orders Female Journalists To Wear Hijab, Bans TV Programs Deemed To Oppose Shari'a

December 2, 2021

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization that seized power in the country on August 15, 2021, and has yet to be elected by the people or recognized by the international community) has issued an executive order warning television channels not to broadcast films and dramas deemed to: oppose Islam and Afghan society; promote non-Afghan culture and vulgarity; or insult religion and the people.

The Taliban's executive order

An eight-point statement of directives was issued by the Taliban government's Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice and distributed by Taliban officials during a meeting with Afghan media representatives on November 21, 2021.

Afghan Taliban deputy spokesman Ahmadullah Waseeq read the statement in the meeting, which Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also attended.

Following is a translation of the Pashtu-language statement:

"1. The television media should not broadcast films that are against the principles of shari'a and Afghan values.

"2. Foreign and indigenous films that spread outsiders' culture and traditions in the Afghan society and result in immorality in the society should not be broadcast.

"3. Comedy and entertainment programs should not be prepared in ways that insult anyone.

"4. Dramas that insult religious symbols or human dignity should not be aired.

"5. Films and videos of males in which their intimate parts are visible should not be broadcast.

"6. Female journalists in TV media should observe Islamic hijab.

"7. Programs such as dramas and illustrations whose actors are women should not be aired.

"8. Broadcasting serials in which the characters of prophets or the companions [of Muhammad, founder of Islam] are presented and which carry their imaginary likenesses are strictly prohibited."    

Source: (Afghanistan), November 21, 2021.

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