Wednesday, July 8, 1998 Published at 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
World: South Asia
Taleban telly ban
Televisions have been publicly hung by the Taleban
The Taleban movement in Afghanistan has given residents 15 days to throw out their television sets, videos and satellite dishes in line with its version of Islam.
After the deadline, militia will confiscate and destroy televisions because, Taleban radio said, "film and music leads to moral corruption."
The fiercely Islamic Taleban took power in Kabul in 1996 and control over two-thirds of the country. In the past, the Taleban authorities have smashed or even publicly hanged television sets and burned stocks of cinema films declaring them to be un-Islamic.
But they allowed people to keep TVs and videos as long as they were not using them, as well as tolerating the smuggling of Japanese televisions through Afghanistan to Pakistan.
According to a senior Taleban official, such un-Islamic acts are polluting society and distracting people from worshipping God.
But correspondents say hundreds of households still secretly watch television through satellite dishes made from bicycle wheels, cooking pots or electric fans. The move will be a blow to ordinary Afghans who depend on surreptitious TV viewing or illegal Hindi videos for their only entertainment in a land blighted by war and poverty.