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Afghanistan’s Female TV Presenters Bow To Taliban Demand

Days after the Taliban’s latest order, women presenters on Afghanistan’s top news channels went on air on Sunday with their faces covered.

On Saturday, many of the news anchors had reportedly defied the edict to conceal their appearance on TV but their employers had come under pressure.

After seizing power last year, the Taliban have increasingly imposed restrictions on women’s lives in recent weeks.

Wearing hijabs and face-covering veils, women presented and reported on news bulletins and other programs across popular channels such as TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.

“It’s OK that we are Muslims, we are wearing hijab, we hide our hair, but it’s very difficult for a presenter to cover their face for two or three hours consecutively and talk like that,” TOLOnews presenter Farida Sial said in a BBC report.

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