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Afghanistan is an Asian nation that primarily worships Islam.

General censorship[]

  • The Press Law that was implemented in 1965 gave press freedom in Afghanistan.
  • However, under the Khalq communist regime, opposition was violently suppressed.
  • When the United Nations Convention against Torture was signed by Afghanistan in 1987, Babrak Karmal promised to end the brutality of the Khalq.
  • When most of Afghanistan was under Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, television, movies, and music were outlawed. Women had virtually no rights.

Presently, Afghanistan ranks remarkably better than its neighbours in terms of press freedom, although it is still not so good. Despite Article 34 of the Afghan Constitution allowing freedom of speech and press, self-censorship by journalists remains common.

Books censorship[]

TV censorship[]

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban banned television, as the regime deemed any sort of artistic or literary depiction of anyone to be a form of idolatry, which was far worse so than the taboo on depicting the Prophet Muhammed.

Movies censorship[]

From 1996 to 2001, all movies were banned by the Taliban, as the regime deemed any sort of artistic or literary depiction of anyone to be a form of idolatry.

Internet censorship[]

Internet itself was banned during the Taliban government (1996-2001), as it was deemed broadcasting obscene, immoral, and anti-Islamic material, and because the few internet users at the time could not be easily monitored as they obtained their telephone lines from neighboring Pakistan. However, when Karzai took office in 2002, Internet was introduced in Afghanistan.

It is forbidden to use of the “.af” domain to make any communications for crime, racial vilification; violation of intellectual property rights and the distribution, publishing, or linking to pornographic materials that a “reasonable person as a member of the community of Afghanistan would consider to be obscene or indecent”. The ban on spam or junk mail also includes unsolicited political or religious tracts along with commercial advertising and other information

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