Thursday, April 24, 2008

Conservatives in Afghan government want to ban soap operas

In an interesting piece on NPR this morning, host Renee Montagne interviews a founder of Tolo TV, a station in Afghanistan that is planning to ignore a government ban on airing Indian soap operas because they are too risque for a family audience.

Especially interesting points in the interview include the amount of censorship of the soaps that the station already does through pixeling and cutting, and the future trends in Afghan culture that founder Saad Mohseni sees following this early restriction. For example, he expects that women will not be allowed to be singers in the near future.

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