Seconds earlier than he presents a information bulletin, Afghan tv anchor Nisar Nabil places on a black masks as a symbolic protest in opposition to the Taliban authorities for ordering girls presenters to cowl their faces on air.
“We are taking a stand in support of our women colleagues,” stated Mr Nabil, who works at TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s essential non-public tv channel.
“During our live news broadcasts or political shows, we are wearing masks as a protest,” he informed AFP after presenting a bulletin on the channel’s studio in Kabul.
Since seizing energy final yr, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on girls and women to adjust to the group’s austere model of Islam.
This month Afghanistan’s supreme chief and chief of Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, issued a diktat for girls to cowl up absolutely in public, together with their faces, ideally with the standard burqa.
The feared Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered girls tv presenters to comply with swimsuit.
After initially defying the order, girls presenters are actually sporting full hijabs and veils that go away solely their eyes on view throughout channels like TOLOnews, 1TV, Shamshad TV and Ariana Television.
But they’ve obtained help from their male colleagues who’ve launched a marketing campaign to oppose the order.
Male presenters are broadcasting programmes on air sporting black medical masks, generally collectively with girls colleagues.
“The Taliban want to put pressure on media outlets with these restrictions… they want media outlets to work according to their plans,” stated Mr Nabil, dressed in a blazer, denims and tie.
Similar scene unfolds on the workplaces of 1TV, one other main non-public channel.
The community’s male presenters and workers wear masks, whereas girls gown in full-body-covering hijabs.
“We are fine with our women presenters wearing Islamic hijabs but without masks, because it is difficult to conduct a programme for three or four hours like that,” stated the channel’s editor-in-chief Idrees Faroqi.
“We are hoping that they revise their decision and remove these restrictions.”
Behind him a feminine presenter broadcasts a information bulletin – typically wiping out sweat from her face throughout breaks.
The Taliban officers don’t seem like in favour of rolling again the decree, nevertheless.
“If forcing to wear a tie is correct then why is forcing a hijab wrong?” deputy authorities spokesman Inamullah Samangani stated on Twitter this week.
“If a tie can be part of a uniform (on television) why can’t a hijab be?”
A tv presenter at 1TV, Mohib Yousufi, stated it was only a matter of time earlier than the authorities put related restrictions on male presenters.
“Many male presenters are now worried that there will be restrictions on them regarding how to dress. I’m worried too,” stated Mr Yousufi, sporting a black masks and a swimsuit.
While there aren’t any girls presenters at state tv, male anchors are actually airing programmes sporting conventional Afghani shalwar kameez.
primarily based on website supplies www.rte.ie