Afghan presenters cover their faces to go to the screen and give


Journalists did not follow the Taliban’s ultimatum on Saturday, but this Sunday they already went on the air with full curtains: “We will continue our fight, using our voices.”

La Presentadora Khatereh Ahmadi.
La Presentadora Khatereh Ahmadi.Ibrahim NorouzikAP

Presenters of major Afghan television channels went on air with their faces covered on Sunday, compliance of orders of the Taliban one day after challenging him,

Since returning to power last year, the Taliban have imposed a number of restrictions on civil society, many of which are aimed at limiting women’s rights.

Earlier this month, the Taliban’s paramount chief issued an order requiring women to completely cover themselves with the traditional burqa in public, including their faces. Earlier only a dupatta covering the hair was enough.

The Afghan ministry, apprehensive of the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice, ordered female television presenters that they do it before saturday, But the journalists decided don’t follow that order on Saturday, and they went up in the air, surviving without hiding their faces.

but domingowomen he wore a full veilOnly reveals his eyes and forehead when presenting news on Tolonews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV channels.

“We have protested and we are against the useAbout the integral veil, he told AFP Sonia Niazi, host of Tolonnews. “But Tolonews has been under pressure, (the Taliban) saying that any presenter who appears on the screen without a face covering should be given a second job,” he said.

“We will continue our fight”

“We will continue our fight using our voices. Being the Voice of Other Afghan Women“We will come to work until the Islamic Emirate removes us from public places or forces us to stay at home,” he promised after presenting an informative bulletin.

“We will continue our fight till our last breath“, he maintained for his part Lima Spesaly1TV presenter, covering her face a few minutes before going on the air.

Tolonews director Khapolwak Sapai said the channel was “forced” to enforce the order for its employees. “They told us: you are bound to do it. You have to do it. There is no other solution,” Sapai told AFP.

He lamented, “Yesterday they called me on the phone and asked me to do it in strict words. So, we do it not of our own free will, but of force.”

Mohamed Sadiq Akif Mohajir, spokesman for the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said the authorities did not intend to force the presenters to quit their jobs.

“We are glad that the channels have discharged their responsibility properly,” he told AFP.

restrictions on freedom

The Taliban have ordered women working in the government to be fired for not following the new dress code. Employees also run the risk of being suspended if their wives or daughters do not do so.

Returning to power in mid-August, the Taliban promised to introduce a more tolerant and resilient regime between 1996 and 2001 than its earlier regime. But in recent months they have resumed the suppression of opposition and the erosion of freedom, especially of women in education, work and daily life.

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