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
The decision by Karzai may alarm some of Afghanistan
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.