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Afghan TV anchor Khatereh Ahmadi wears a face covering as she reads the news on the TOLOnews channel in Kabul

Afghan TV anchor Khatereh Ahmadi wears a face covering as she reads the news on the TOLOnews channel in Kabul

 

Female presenters on Afghanistan's biggest television networks hid their faces on Sunday, one day after disobeying a Taliban order to do so.


Since taking control last year, the Taliban has put restrictions on women in order to comply to the group's rigid interpretation of Islam.


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Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued an order last month requiring women to cover their faces in public, preferably with the customary burqa.


From Saturday, the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has instructed female television presenters to follow suit.


However, the presenters disregarded the instruction and appeared on broadcast with their faces showing, only to comply the next day.


Women presenters and reporters presented morning news bulletins on key networks such as TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV, and 1TV while wearing face-covering veils that revealed just their eyes.


"We fought and were opposed to wearing a mask," Sonia Niazi, a TOLOnews anchor, told AFP.


"However, TOLOnews was put under pressure and instructed that any female presenter who appeared on air without covering her face would be given another position or simply fired," she explained.


"TOLOnews was mandated, and we were obliged to wear it."

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