Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Afghanistan

Legal Proceedings Brought Against Afghan TV Channels

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By RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
KABUL -- The Afghan Ministry of Culture and Information has brought legal proceedings against two popular entertainment television channels.

The ministry said Setara TV and Saba TV had broadcast "inappropriate" content, including "revealing" foreign music videos.

The ministry said the content violated a new media law, which bans programs that are deemed an affront to Afghan culture.

The ministry did not provide further details, including whether the channels would stop broadcasting while proceedings were under way.

In related news, Afghan journalists have boycotted sessions of the lower house of parliament, saying the sessions were being censored by the government.

Previously, journalists viewed sessions from behind a glass partition while they received a live feed.

Reporters say they now receive a distorted feed that cuts out controversial remarks and incidents involving lawmakers.

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