Female Performers Banned From Television and Radio in Afghanistan

Female performers in an Afghan province have been banned from performing on television and radio. According to Reuters, female entertainers have been declared un-Islamic in the Southeastern province.

The provincial government, according to Radio Free Europe, ordered state-run television in Jalalabad to stop broadcasting Afghan women singer’s performances.

Earlier this year, for the first time in over a decade a video with footage of a famous Afghan female singer was broadcast on public television. The footage of the female performer came just a few weeks after the approval of Afghanistan’s new constitution that endorses equal rights for women and men. However, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court protested the video, stating that they were opposed to women singing.

From 1992-1996, during Afghanistan’s civil war, the Islamic mujahadeen did not allow images of women to be broadcasted on television. When the Taliban came to power in 1996, they banned television altogether.

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Reuters 4/17/04; Radio Free Europe 4/17/04; Feminist Daily News 1/14/04

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