The Taliban banned radio stations from broadcasting music, and women were banned from working in the media

The Taliban banned radio stations from broadcasting music, and women were banned from working in the media
Tolo News TV news anchor delivers a morning newscast in March 2020 (Lorenzo Tognoli for The Washington Post)

Several Afghan television presenters reported this week that Taliban fighters prevented them from working and ordered them to leave the office., in an ominous sign of the group’s opinion of women’s role in public life.

Shabnam in turn, news caster Afghanistan Radio Television The (Roads and Transport Authority) said in a video message a few days ago that it was Threatened by Taliban militants when she showed up for work.

The group occupied a building Roads and Transport Authority in Kabul on Sunday after it seized power in a quick attack.

Archive photo of Afghan women.  Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
Archive photo of Afghan women. Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

“They didn’t let me in even though I had my ID”Doran said of trying to go to work this week. “Male workers were allowed in, but I was threatened. They told me the system has changed… our lives are very threatened.”.

rotation mate Khadija AminA prominent broadcaster claimed that she was denied entry to the RTA office this week.

I went to the office but they wouldn’t let me in. Subsequently, other colleagues were denied entry.Amin said, according to the Afghan Independent Agency ToloNews.

Amin said she and her other colleagues spoke with the new Taliban-appointed director of the Roads and Transport Authority.

“There has been a change in programs… [y] There are no announcers or journalists.”, She said.

Two men walk past a closed and vandalized beauty salon on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan.  EFE / Stringer
Two men walk past a closed and vandalized beauty salon on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan. EFE / Stringer

In the state of Ghazni, the new authorities Women were prohibited from working as announcers and in any other position in the radio. In addition, they have Music is prohibited on these stationsAccording to the Afghan News Agency Facing you.

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same saturday a Religious decree to stop the joint education of men and women in the universities and institutes of Herat Provincein the west of the country.

The head of the Education Department in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mullah Farid, said: Co-education must end because it was the root of the evils of society.

The Taliban will be ready for that Recognize that young women receive education from “virtuous teachers” and “old men.” Herat teachers warned about it This decree will deprive thousands of women of practically access to higher education, due to the lack of sufficient infrastructure to divide classes.

A group of Afghan students leave a school in Kabul
A group of Afghan students leave a school in Kabul

These incidents are in stark contrast to the statements of senior Taliban officials, who said they would allow women to participate in government and public life, unlike what happened during their government between 1996 and 2001.

For private channels, such as take over and the Ariana TV NetworkThe situation is still confusing. Tulu continues to broadcast programs and news reports with female reporters and broadcasters, such as Beheshta Arghand, who interviewed a Taliban official live earlier this week.

Khushal Asefi said the Taliban “assure us that we are safe”. Executive Vice President of Afghan Private Radio Ariana Radio and Television NetworkI mentioned on Friday Reuters.

“Right now, they tell us we don’t have a problem, even women journalists can go to TV, they can do programmes,” she said.

Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.  EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / Archive
Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay. EFE / EPA / CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / Archive

boss UNESCOOn Friday, the UN cultural agency urged the Taliban to protect journalists and allow media outlets to operate freely.

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“Access to reliable information and open public debate through free and independent media is essential for Afghans to live in the peaceful society they deserve.”The Director General stated, Audrey Azoulay.

With information from the Washington Post and Agence France-Presse

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