A member of the Taliban said, “We will let this radio station work again if it agrees with the policies of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and says it won’t do this again.”
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A women-run radio station in Afghanistan was shut down because it was said to have broken the rules and laws of the Islamic Emirate. A Taliban source was quoted in the Guardian saying that the radio station Sadai Banowan, which has been on the air for 10 years, played music during the holy month of Ramadan.
Six of the eight people who work at the radio station are women. Moizuddin Ahmadi, who is in charge of information and culture in Badakhshan province, said that the station had broken the “laws and rules of the Islamic Emirate” by playing songs and music during Ramadan. Because of this, the station was shut down.
Ahmadi was quoted in the story as saying, “We will let this radio station work again if it accepts the policy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and promises not to do this again.”
The head of the radio station, Nazia Sorosh, said that the claims of breaking Islamic law were not true and that the whole thing was just a “controversy.” He told the Guardian, “There was no reason to shut down.” “According to the Taliban, we were playing music. We haven’t played any music yet.
After the US left Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban said they would run the country in a soft way. However, hardline Islamists have been slowly taking away women’s rights and freedoms in the country.
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, there have been a lot of new rules about what women can and can’t do. For example, women in the city aren’t allowed to go to parks, gyms, or public bathrooms. Also, women were not allowed to go to colleges in Afghanistan, which made people around the world angry.
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In the late 1990s, when the Taliban were in power, they banned most TV, radio, and newspapers in the country. Since the Taliban took power, many writers have also died.