Fewer music prohibitions on religious grounds
According to a new report from U.S. Department of State conditions for music in Afghanistan are improving. The Afghan government rejects claims that Afghan authorities should have issued a list of restrictions on broadcasting in June 2006
The broadcasting restriction case is mentioned in a report which was released on 15 September 2006 by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor under the U.S. Department of State, entitled “International Religious Freedom Report 2006”.
The report was prepared by the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan which has gathered information from a variety of sources, including government and religious officials, non-governmental organisations, journalists, human rights monitors, religious groups, and academics.
It mentions that in February 2006, a Kabul-based television station was fined for airing “un-Islamic material” – and that at the same time there are fewer reports of local government officials prohibiting music on religious grounds in the country. In recent years, several bans on music and broadcasting have been lifted.
Excerpts from the report:
U.S. Department of State – 15 September 2006: