Female TV presenter defies orders Taliban to cover their faces when hosting events at Afghanistan. News anchors fear the Taliban will ask them to stop working if they continue to obey their orders.
TOLOnews, Shamshad TV, and 1TV channels broadcast live programs featuring the faces of female presenters on Saturday (21/5).
“Our female colleagues are worried that if they cover their faces the next thing they will say is stop working,” Shamshad TV news chief Abid Ehsas said.
“This is the reason why they have not obeyed the order so far,” he continued.
Deputy spokesman for the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Crime Prevention, Mohammad Sadeq Akif Mohajir, said the news anchor had violated Taliban directives. The ministry will also talk to the manager and guardian of the presenter to discuss this incident.
“Anyone who lives under a certain system and government has to obey the laws and rules of that system, so they have to carry out those orders,” he said.
Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have imposed many restrictions on civil society. Many policies are said to curb the rights of women and girls.
Earlier this month Afghanistan’s supreme leader issued a directive for women to fully cover themselves in public, including their faces. The Ministry of Virtue Promotion and Crime Prevention ordered female TV presenters to follow suit. Previously they were only required to wear the hijab.
The Taliban have also demanded that female government employees be fired if they fail to follow the new dress code.