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Taliban bars Afghan women from appearing in TV shows

Women will be barred from appearing in television dramas in Afghanistan under the Taliban's new media restrictions.
 
It is the latest rollback of women's freedoms since the militant group seized power three months ago.
 
New government guidelines issued to broadcasters state that all dramas, soap operas and entertainment shows featuring women are prohibited.
 
Additionally, women news presenters must now wear headscarves on screen. 
 
Films in opposition to Islamic law and Afghan values should not be broadcast, nor should foreign and domestic films that "promote foreign culture and values, and entertainment and comedy programmes based on insulting others, human dignity and Islamic values.
 
Under the previous Taliban government – in power from 1996 to 2001 – television was prohibited as well as most other forms of media.
 


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