Taliban Enforcing Face-Cover Order For Female TV Anchors

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By Associated Press
May 22, 2022

The Taliban enactment antecedently barred girls from attending schoolhouse aft the sixth grade.

Afghanistan's Taliban rulers connected Sunday began enforcing an bid requiring each pistillate TV quality anchors successful the state to screen their faces portion on-air. The determination is portion of a hard-line displacement drafting condemnation from rights activists.

After the bid was announced Thursday, lone a fistful of quality outlets complied. But connected Sunday, astir pistillate anchors were seen with their faces covered aft the Taliban's Vice and Virtue Ministry began enforcing the decree.

The Information and Culture Ministry antecedently announced that the argumentation was "final and non-negotiable."

"It is conscionable an extracurricular civilization imposed connected america forcing america to deterioration a disguise and that tin make a occupation for america portion presenting our programs," said Sonia Niazi, a TV anchor with TOLOnews. In an enactment of solidarity with pistillate colleagues, the channel's antheral unit covered their faces with masks, including the main evening quality reader.

A section media authoritative confirmed his presumption had received the bid past week but connected Sunday it was forced to instrumentality it aft being told it was not up for discussion. He spoke connected information helium and his presumption stay anonymous for fearfulness of retribution from Taliban authorities.

During the Taliban's past clip successful powerfulness successful Afghanistan from 1996-2001, they imposed overwhelming restrictions connected women, requiring them to deterioration the all-encompassing burqa and barring them from nationalist beingness and education.

After they seized powerfulness again successful August, the Taliban initially appeared to person moderated somewhat their restrictions, announcing nary formal codification for women. But successful caller weeks, they person made a sharp, hard-line pivot that has confirmed the worst fears of rights activists and further analyzable Taliban dealings with an already distrustful planetary community.

Earlier this month, the Taliban ordered each women successful nationalist to deterioration head-to-toe covering that leaves lone their eyes visible. The decree said women should permission the location lone erstwhile indispensable and that antheral relatives would look punishment for women's formal codification violations, starting with a summons and escalating to tribunal hearings and jailhouse time.

The Taliban enactment has besides barred girls from attending schoolhouse aft the sixth grade, reversing erstwhile promises by Taliban officials that girls of each ages would beryllium allowed an education.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.