Karzai backs clerics' demand for Afghan media crackdown

By REUTERS
April 24, 2013 11:16



KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has agreed with a call from the country's conservative religious council for a crackdown on television stations, calling some of their programm "immoral and un-Islamic", officials said on Tuesday.




The decision by Karzai may alarm some of Afghanistan's international backers, who have invested heavily through 12 years of war in promoting liberal values and freedom of expression in Afghanistan's deeply conservative society.




The decision could also imperil advances in the country's media industry, which has enjoyed significant progress since the ouster of the austere Taliban regime 12 years ago.




Karzai issued a decree setting out the crackdown.



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