An Afghan woman in Kabul (archive picture): TV stations are no longer allowed to show films or series in which women play a role.

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As people starve and the economy crumbles, the Taliban worry about morale on TV. Now the terrorists have banned women in films and series.

In Afghanistan, the ruling militant Islamist Taliban have imposed far-reaching restrictions on television content. TV stations are no longer allowed to show films or series in which women played a role or which contradict Islamic Sharia law or Afghan values, according to an instruction from the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which was issued to television stations on Sunday became. The ministry’s spokesman, Mohammed Sadik Asif, confirmed the directive on Monday.

The broadcasting of domestic or foreign films that spread foreign cultures and traditions in Afghan society and caused immorality must be stopped, according to the instruction. In addition, no one should be offended in entertainment programs. Presenters or reporters are also allowed to appear, but they would have to wear the Islamic hijab.



Turkish, Indian and Iranian soap operas are particularly popular in Afghanistan, while US series or films have been shown less often. Conservatives and clerics in the country had already repeatedly criticized these programs, in which women, for example, chose their spouses themselves. The series seduced the youth, it was said. Satire programs are also very popular in Afghanistan. Weekly broadcasts, for example, vilified the former government of Ashraf Ghani, corrupt officials and the military.

Economy is facing the abyss

After the withdrawal of the international NATO troops, the Taliban have taken control of large parts of Afghanistan again. The capital, Kabul, was captured on September 15th. Since then, the country’s economy has largely collapsed and people go hungry.

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The Afghan banking system is also on the brink of collapse, according to a report published by the UN development program on Monday. After the Taliban came to power, donor countries suspended aid and development funds for the country. The Afghan central bank’s reserves of more than $ 9 billion have been frozen. International transfers to the country through the Swift system are on hold.

According to forecasts by the International Monetary Fund, the Afghan economy could shrink by up to 30 percent in 2021 and 2022. In addition to the collapse of the economy, the problems in the banking system could further reduce the survival probability of small and medium-sized enterprises, which are crucial for the population, the report said.

dpa / tsha

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