Women banned from appearing in TV dramas in Afghanistan under Taliban’s new rules

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People at an Afghan solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square, London (PA Wire)
People at an Afghan solidarity rally in Trafalgar Square, London (PA Wire)

Women have been banned from acting in TV dramas in Afghanistan under new Taliban rules.

Female TV presenters and journalists have been told to wear headscarves on screen.

Fears of tougher rules have been growing since the Taliban came back into power in mid-August.

Reporters have said some of the new rules were vague.

Hujjatullah Mujaddedi - who is a member of an organisation which represents journalists in Afghanistan - said the new rules were unexpected.

Previously, the Taliban banned women from education and the workplace under their rule in the 1990s.

Their latest rules have been outlined to Afghan TV channels.

Among the new set of rules, the Taliban have said foreign films with different cultural values should not be aired while comedy and entertainment shows which could be considered offensive have been banned.

The Taliban have said their restrictions on women working and girls studying remain “temporary”.

It comes after Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai voiced her fears the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan is not temporary.

She told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I’m afraid that this ban that they have announced right now that they’re calling temporary might not actually be temporary.”

She pointed to a similar promise by the Taliban of a temporary halt on girls’ schooling in 1996. She said: “That ban lasted for five years.”

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