Female presenters of major Afghan television channels broadcast in masks on Sunday, a day later, disguising their appearance in defiance of Taliban orders and thereby subjecting the group to a harsh view of Islam.
Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have imposed a series of insidious restrictions on civil society, many of which are aimed at restricting the rights of women. Earlier this month, the Taliban’s top leader issued an edict ordering women to cover themselves completely in public and wear traditional burqas, including on the face. Previously, a scarf to cover the hair was enough.
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Terrorism Promotion and Suppression Prevention Ministry has ordered female TV presenters to comply by Saturday. But female journalists walked out of the order on Saturday and went live without covering their faces. Before returning. On Sunday, they wore burqas to deliver newspapers on TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV channels.
“We resisted and were against the port” The full veil was promised by AFP Sonia Niazi, presenter of TOLOnews. “But TOLOnews was under pressure, saying that any presenter who appeared on screen without covering his (Taliban) face should be given a different job.” She got in touch. Mohammed Sadek Akif Mohajir, a spokesman for the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Support, said the authorities had no intention of expelling the announcers from their jobs. “We are pleased that the channels have done their duty properly”, He commented to AFP. The Taliban have ordered that women working in government be fired if they fail to comply with the new dress code. There is also a risk that male employees will be suspended if their wives or daughters do not comply.
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