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Afghan Leader Orders Review Of Cable TV Ban

12 November 2004 -- Afghan President-elect Hamid Karzai has ordered a review of a government ban on cable television imposed after complaints about un-Islamic programming.

The ban was imposed during a cabinet meeting earlier this week.

Culture and Information Minister Sayyed Makhdum Rahin said a commission had been formed on the basis of orders from Karzai. Rahin said the commission would do an assessment on networks' programs and allow those networks that have not run offensive material to continue broadcasting.

Cable channels run by Afghan businessmen have shown a variety of programs, mostly Indian and Western films, but some have shown erotic films late at night that would offend many in the conservative Muslim nation.