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Competing for ‘Afghan Star’ a deadly game?

Contestants for Afghanistan's equivalent of American Idol stand to win fame, money - and possibly a violent death. Following the lifted ban on music under the Taliban, Afghan Star has become the most popular show in the country, as well as drawing the ire of social conservatives and extremists there. Particularly vulnerable are women taking part in the contest, many of whom have received death threats just for participating in the contest.
March 19, 2009

Contestants for Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol stand to win fame, money – and possibly a violent death. Following the lifted ban on music under the Taliban, Afghan Star has become the most popular show in the country, as well as drawing the ire of social conservatives and extremists there. Particularly vulnerable are women taking part in the contest, many of whom have received death threats just for participating in the contest.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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