Women are no longer allowed to appear in Afghan drama and soap operas. The Taliban announced this in a list of religious guidelines for the media published on Sunday.
The guidelines come from the “Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Sin.” Female newsreaders are now required to wear a hijab. Films that are not in line with ‘Afghan values’ will no longer be tolerated. Men must be dressed appropriately. It is not stated exactly what that means.
The rules are the latest in a long list of measures curtailing women’s freedoms. Since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan in August, they have also banned women from studying and exercising.
The last time the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, television was banned altogether. At that time, women were also not allowed to work.
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