Afghanistan kills TV drama series, banning women from starring

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The Afghan government has complied with a Taliban directive prohibiting women from appearing in television dramas, though the government says it is only enacting new regulations and is not officially eliminating the characters’ roles. The government’s decision follows the February launch of a new drama series, “Alebriki,” which depicts a young boy who is disfigured after being maimed by an unexploded ordinance in the middle of the night.

“The measures taken are illegal and do not comply with the charter of the government of Afghanistan,” a government official said.

The Taliban’s order didn’t, however, distinguish between reality and fiction. Last month, Farhad Murad, a director and producer, said the Taliban had demanded that the series, which depicts domestic abuse and kidnappings, be edited to avoid “controversial themes.” He added that the drama series about children had reached audiences across Afghanistan and “is enjoyed by many men and women all over Afghanistan.”

At the time, the television commission said the decision to censor the program was in line with the Taliban charter. The series’ spokeswoman, Hanifa Safi, said the Taliban “want to make it clear that they are not against life and we are fine with their directives.”

This week, she said in a statement that the newly passed regulation “represents the enforcement of norms that are legally [but] inconsistently observed.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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