The Taliban government issued a number of instructions for the Afghan media on Sunday, including directing female television anchors to wear the hijab.
The instructions, comprising eight points, were read out by the Minister for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Maulvi Muhammad Khalid Hanafi during a meeting with journalists on Sunday. According to Afghan media, Maulvi Hanafi asked the gathered journalists to cooperate with the Taliban government to counter what he termed “negative propaganda”.
“The [electronic] media should not broadcast any films that are against the principles of Sharia (Islamic law) and Afghan values,” according to the instructions, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.
A ministry spokesman, Akif Muhajir, confirmed the veracity of the directives to Dawn.com over WhatsApp. “Yes, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has issued these instructions in accordance with the Islamic Sharia,” Muhajir said.