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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.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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