Female presenters from major Afghan TV channels went on the air on Sunday to wear face coverings, a day after defying Taliban orders and thus presenting the group’s harsh view of Islam.
Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have imposed deadly sanctions on civil society, many of which are aimed at limiting women’s rights. Earlier this month, the Taliban’s supreme leader issued an order requiring women to completely cover themselves in public, including face, with the traditional burqa. Earlier a dupatta covering the hair was enough.
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Dangerous Virtue Propaganda and Vice of Prevention ordered female TV presenters to comply by Saturday. But women journalists refused orders on Saturday to go live without covering their faces. before turning. On Sundays, he wore a burqa, only his eyes were visible for presenting newspapers on Tolonews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV channels.
“We protested and were against the port” Tolonews presenter AFP Sonia Niyazi completely exposed the curtain. “But pressure was put on Tolonews, (the Taliban) said that any presenter who appears on the screen without covering his face should be given another job,” He is related. Mohamed Sadiq Akif Mohajir, spokesman for the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Deterring the Vice President, said the authorities did not intend to throw the presenters out of their jobs. We are glad that the channels have discharged their responsibility properly., he commented to AFP. The Taliban have ordered that women working in the government be fired for failing to comply with the new dress code. Male employees also run the risk of being suspended if their wives or daughters do not comply.
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