Strict self-censorship on Afghan music tv
“If I play that, I’ll get a letter the next day. Then, I’m out,” television producer Jamshid Matin told the Journal News on a visit in USA in November, 2005. Now back in Kabul, Jamshid was interviewed by Freemuse.
How do you see the limits of freedom of expression for music presenters and musicians in Afghanistan today?
How are women singers and musicians looked upon? Which opportunities do they have in Afghan media?
Jamshid, you present two weekly music shows at ATN. How do the young presenters discuss which music to present and not to present?
– I want to introduce different types of music from all over the world for my people to show them what music is. We can develop our music by learning from others, but music is being censored in Afghanistan. We cannot show our viewers what we want – we have to follow the order of the government and high court. But I believe that a music presenter should be allowed to show the music he wants on his program.
Which are the most essential questions for musicians and the music life of Afghanistan today?
Jamshid Matin – television producer:
“If the situation continues like this, music in Afghanistan is going to die…”
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