Under pressure from the Taliban, TV presenters forced to cover their faces on air – Liberation

The religious group’s supreme leader had ordered Afghan women to completely cover themselves in public. After the disobedience on Saturday, the journalists, threatened with dismissal, were forced to comply.

Female announcers from major Afghan TV channels appeared on air on Sunday wearing face coverings, a day after defying the Taliban’s order to conceal their appearance and submit to the militant group’s view of Islam.

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.

“We resisted”

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered TV 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 wore a full veil, revealing only their eyes and forehead, to show newspapers on TOLOnews, Ariana TV, Shamshad TV and 1TV channels. We resisted and were against the port Integrated Hijab confirms Sonia Niazi Introduction TOLOnews. “But TOLOnews was pressed, (the Taliban) said that any presenter who appears on screen without a face covering should get another job”She said.

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 pleased that the channels have exercised their responsibility properly,” attached.

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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