Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Central Asia

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Female Singers on Afghan TV

The Jan. 14 Saudi Gazette reported that footage of an Afghan woman singing has recently appeared on television in the country formerly ruled by the Taliban. Kabul Television aired old footage of well-known singer Parasto, who is shown singing without a headscarf. "We are endeavoring to perform our artistic works regardless of the issue of sex," said Information and Culture Minister Sayed Makdoom Raheen when asked about lifting the ban, imposed in 1992, on broadcasting female singers. Four years later the Taliban banned all television, as part of its strict imposition of shariah, or Islamic law, according to the Gazette. The ban was lifted weeks after Ghulam Hassan Hazrati replaced Mohammad Isahaq as head of Kabul Radio and TV. Reaction to the broadcast in Afghanistan was mixed-some lauded it as a step toward democracy, while others said it was contrary to Afghan cultural standards.

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