Taliban enforces face-covering order for female TV news anchors

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The Taliban has ordered all feminine TV information anchors in Afghanistan to put on face coverings whereas on-air.

The ruling was introduced on Thursday 19 Could, to which only some stations complied, however the Taliban’s Ministry of Vice and Advantage started implementing it from Sunday with most feminine anchors seen with their faces lined on-screen since.

The order is part of many limitations positioned on Afghanistan’s ladies and women by the Taliban for the reason that group took over the nation in August 2021 after US forces left the nation.

Sonia Niazi, a TV anchor with channel TOLOnews, shared her response to the brand new ruling.

She advised AFP information: “We resisted and have been towards carrying a masks however TOLOnews was pressured and advised that any feminine presenter who appeared on display screen with out masking her face have to be given another job or just eliminated.

Sonia Niazi a TV anchor works in a TOLO NEWS studio whereas masking her face, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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“TOLOnews was compelled and we have been compelled to put on it.”

The Taliban’s Data and Tradition Ministry beforehand introduced that the ruling was “last and non-negotiable”.

One other TOLOnews presenter, Farida Sial, advised the BBC: “It’s OK that we’re Muslims, we’re carrying hijab, we disguise our hair, however it’s very tough for a presenter to cowl their face for 2 or three hours consecutively and discuss like that.

“[The Taliban] need to erase ladies from social and political life,” she mentioned.

Khpolwak Sapai, the channel’s deputy director, mentioned in a Fb put up on Sunday: “We’re in a deep grief at the moment.”

The Taliban was final in energy in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 and imposed many restrictions on ladies, akin to requiring them to put on the burqa – a free garment masking the whole physique together with the eyes – in public and barring them from schooling.

After they seized energy of the nation once more in August, rulings for ladies have been initially extra relaxed however the group has since made a pointy U-turn, sparking worldwide condemnation and criticism from human rights organisations.

The rulings embrace instructing ladies to solely go away house solely when mandatory, male family going through jail time for ladies’s costume code violations and barring women from attending secondary college.

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