Afghanistan: TV presenters forced to cover their faces

TheAnnouncers from major Afghan TV channels went live on Sunday (May 22) wearing face coverings, a day after they defied a Taliban order to hide their appearance and submit to the strict vision of Islam of the squad. Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have imposed a series of insidious restrictions on civil society, many of them aimed at curtailing women’s rights.

Earlier this month, the Taliban’s supreme leader issued an order requiring women to cover themselves completely in public, including the face, ideally with the traditional burqa. Previously, a hair cap was enough. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered female television presenters to comply by Saturday.

But the women journalists chose to break the system on Saturday, going live without covering their faces. before turning around. On Sunday, they donned the burqa leaving only their eyes visible for the newspaper show on TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.

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Separation in case of non-compliance with the new dress code

“We resisted and were against wearing” the full veil, said Sonia Niazi, presenter of TOLOnews. But TOLOnews was pressed, [les talibans] She said that any announcer who appears on screen without covering his face should get another job.

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A spokesman for the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Muhammad Sadiq Akef Muhajir, said the authorities had no intention of forcing broadcasters to quit their jobs. “We are glad that the channels have exercised their responsibility properly,” he told AFP.

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The Taliban ordered the dismissal of women working in the government if they failed to adhere to the new dress code. Male employees are also at risk of dismissal if their wives or daughters do not comply.

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