One controversial TV show is doing what’s never before been done in Afghanistan – discussing taboo subjects like paedophilia.
A heady mix of investigative journalism and entertainment has made Tolo TV a revolutionary force in today’s Afghanistan. “Our country needs programmes like this,” reasons host Masoud Keram. “It’s about facilitating social change.” While Tolo has won plaudits for its news coverage, it is music programmes presented by women that have been the most controversial. “It’s deviating from morality, Afghan values, Islamic principles.” laments Afghan’s chief justice. “Other cultures are prevailing over us.” The influence of Tolo TV ensures that alternative viewpoints are heard. As owner Saaf Mohseni states: “The presenters are breaking down barriers. They’re changing this country more than anyone else.”