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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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