The Islamist Government of Afghanistan establishes rules that limit its presence in the media, series, cinema and theater as much as possible.
The emirate established by the Taliban turns one hundred days and its obsession with women is accentuated. In addition to banning sports, closing secondary schools, closing the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and sending most of the female officials home, this centenary is marked by new rules to limit as much as possible the presence of women in the media. information and fiction series or plays.
The Kabul authorities insist, as they have done from day one, that these are “temporary” measures taken for the “safety” of women. In a report prepared by the BBC on the occasion of this anniversary, the Islamist spokesman Suhail Shaheen assured that girls will be able to return to school in March, but for the moment the facts on the ground do not invite us to think about changes in the near future.
The main variation adopted by the new Ministry for the Promotion and Fostering of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is the prohibition of women from appearing in television series. The obligation to cover the presenters has also been established, but this is something that happened before the arrival of the Islamists without the need to impose it. The Taliban have gone a step further in censorship and ban any film that may offend the sharia (Islamic law of which they take a rigorous interpretation), including comedies that make jokes about religion, and recommend that films be stopped foreigners that promote foreign values.
The news media have been forced to stop their activity due to the pressure.
The Kabul authorities assure that they are “temporary” measures adopted for the “safety” of the female population
These first 100 days of the emirate have also been lethal for the media, as “257 have been forced to stop their activity,” Afghan activist Ramiz Bakhtiar recalled on Twitter.
Payment of wages
As the country sinks into an unprecedented economic crisis and thousands of Afghans desperately search for an exit door, but land borders remain closed. The spokesman for the Ministry of Economy, Ahmad Wali Haqmal, wanted to send a message of reassurance and declared that this weekend the salaries of the civil servants will begin to be paid, frozen for months before the fall of Kabul, on August 15. Haqmal announced that they will pay “the salaries of the last three months,” according to the Tolo chain, which detailed that the money comes from the millions collected at customs.
Afghanistan depends on international aid, but the United States, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have decided to stop them and not allow the Islamist regime access to reserves abroad. The situation is critical and, according to United Nations figures, 19 million Afghans already face severe food insecurity, a number that will grow by another four million this winter. That will put 58% of the population at serious risk of starvation; the highest level observed since records began in 2011.
At the moment no country officially recognizes the emirate, but contacts are taking place at the highest level and the Islamists advanced their plans to appoint new ambassadors around the world. As with the issue of women, where the facts do not correspond to the words, the Taliban also repeat that their political strategy is to form an “inclusive government”, as requested by the international community. The 27 appointments of senior members of the Executive made in recent days have returned to being Taliban and, of course, without a female presence.
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