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Taliban begins enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

A female presenter for TOLOnews, Thamina Usmani, covers her face during a live broadcast at Tolo TV station in Kabul on May 22, 2022. (Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)
A female presenter for TOLOnews, Thamina Usmani, covers her face during a live broadcast at Tolo TV station in Kabul on May 22, 2022. (Wakil KOHSAR / AFP)

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers begin enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a hardline shift drawing condemnation from rights activists.

After the order was announced on Thursday, only a handful of news outlets complied. But today most female anchors are seen with their faces covered after the Taliban’s Vice and Virtue Ministry began enforcing the decree.

The Information and Culture Ministry previously announced that the policy was “final and non-negotiable.”

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