The Taliban banned girls from making phone calls to local radios and televisions

25 Feb 2024
3 Minutes
The Taliban banned girls from making phone calls to local radios and televisions

The Afghan Journalists Center says that the Taliban security command in Khost has banned girls and women from making phone calls to local radio and television stations.

The Afghan Journalists Center said in a statement today (Sunday, 25 February) that the security command of the Taliban group in Khost has banned girls and women from making phone calls to local radios and televisions.

This center says that it has obtained a copy of the letter from the Taliban security command in Khost, which, while prohibiting any kind of phone calls by girls to radios and televisions, has warned media officials if they allow girls to make phone calls to the media, will be summoned and prosecuted.

The Center of Afghan Journalists has expressed concern about these restrictions and demanded their cancellation and emphasized that such restrictions are against the law of public media in Afghanistan.

According to the journalists’ center, in the letter of the Taliban security command in Khost, which is written as the head of information and culture of this group, it is stated: “Some of the private radio stations in Khost encourage moral corruption, a good example of which is the broadcasting of school lessons or social programs. in which many girls participate.”

This center says that usually such orders are communicated or implemented directly and orally to the media through the intelligence and commanding offices of the Taliban.

This letter states: “by abusing the same educational and social programs, girls make illegal phone calls with program managers in official and unofficial time, which on the one hand leads the society to moral corruption and on the other hand violates the standards. It is Islamic.”

The Taliban’s Amina command in Khost has added that local media are still not allowed to publish school curricula.

This command has warned that if the local media continue to provide girls with the programs of these media, their officials will be summoned.

However, according to the Center of Afghan Journalists, 15 private radios and three private televisions are currently operating in Khost province along with the national (state) radio and television.

Meanwhile, a number of female journalists in Afghanistan say that after the Taliban’s domination of the country and their severe restrictions on the country’s free media, they are no longer allowed to work on the radio and their voices have been banned.

Ayesha Ahmadzai (pseudonym), one of the female journalists, said in a conversation with the reporter of Rozeneh Selah that she lost her job and stayed at home after the Taliban became effective. He emphasized that the authorities of this group have banned the broadcasting of female presenters and female guests on radios.

Mrs. Ahmadzai said: “There is no more place for women in the media. Female listeners are not allowed to call the programs. Our journalists and presenters have been banned. “Women cannot work in radio and television.”

Mursal Mohammadi (pseudonym), one of the female employees in Bamyan province, said that the broadcasts of half of the local radio stations in Bamyan province have been stopped due to many restrictions by the Taliban group and economic problems.

Ms. Mohammadi added: “The radio I used to work for has stopped broadcasting at the moment and emphasized that other listening media have lost their value and people have moved away from them.”

He says: “Most of the media cannot pay the financial expenses and salaries of their employees. Many of them are blocked in Bamyan province and some others are facing the threat of being closed, and many restrictions have caused the radios to be closed in this province.

The Center of Afghan Journalists has said that the restrictions imposed on free media and journalists are a violation of their legal and fundamental rights, which is not only useless, but also negatively affects the information and progress of Afghanistan.

This is despite the fact that after the Taliban regained control in Afghanistan, it has had a destructive effect on the free and independent media and this group has systematically suppressed the media and journalists, and the extensive pressure of the Taliban has caused the activities of some media outlets to stop or even shut down. To advertise in favor of this group.