Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
HBO Drops First Trailer for 'Confirmation' HBO Drops First Trailer for 'Confirmation' Watch First Trailer for 'Roots' Reboot Watch First Trailer for 'Roots' Reboot Watch: Sri Lankans of African Descent Fight to Keep Their Culture Alive in 'Kaffir Culture' Watch: Sri Lankans of African Descent Fight to Keep Their Culture Alive in 'Kaffir Culture' Taraji P. Henson Will Topline Film Based on Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Worked for NASA During the Space Race Taraji P. Henson Will Topline Film Based on Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Worked for NASA During the Space Race Watch Double Academy Award-Nominated 1948 Docu-Drama 'The Quiet One' (Emotionally-Scarred Black Boy Rehabilitated) Watch Double Academy Award-Nominated 1948 Docu-Drama 'The Quiet One' (Emotionally-Scarred Black Boy Rehabilitated) Enter The New Normal Writing Contest From Issa Rae's ColorCreative & Project Greenlight Digital Studios Enter The New Normal Writing Contest From Issa Rae's ColorCreative & Project Greenlight Digital Studios Missed It Last Night? Watch 'A Ballerina’s Tale' in Full Now Missed It Last Night? Watch 'A Ballerina’s Tale' in Full Now Ava DuVernay Wanted for Two (2!) Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Studio Projects (UPDATE: Lupita Nyong'o May Star in One of Them) Ava DuVernay Wanted for Two (2!) Major Sci-Fi/Fantasy Studio Projects (UPDATE: Lupita Nyong'o May Star in One of Them) Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Now Streaming on Netflix: Award-Winning 'Sand Dollars' (Dominican Republic's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry) Now Streaming on Netflix: Award-Winning 'Sand Dollars' (Dominican Republic's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry) James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Madonna's 'Blonde Ambition' Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary 'Strike a Pose' Madonna's 'Blonde Ambition' Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary 'Strike a Pose' Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

A Veiled Woman News Presenter Appears On Egyptian State TV For The First Time

Shadow and Act By Courtney | Shadow and Act September 3, 2012 at 2:36PM

News worth knowing, courtesy of the BBC...
2
Fatima Nabil

News worth knowing, courtesy of the BBC...

For what is believed to be the first time in Egyptian state TV history - yesterday, Sunday, September 2, a woman news presenter (Fatima Nabil, donning the Muslim hijab headdress) wore an Islamic headscarf.

In short, under ex-President Hosni Mubarak's regime (1981 - 2011), there was an unofficial ban on women appearing on state TV with their heads/hair covered; veiled women in the TV industry were instead given jobs behind the cameras. Some of them reportedly sued against the unofficial ban and won, but Mubarak didn't acknowledge court rulings, taking a stance that strongly opposed the introduction of Islamic values, says the BBC's Jon Leyne in Cairo.

But the ban has long been criticized by human rights activists who saw it as an infringement on personal freedoms.

The new Muslim Brotherhood-led government introduced new rules which state that Egyptian women should wear headscarfs. New Information Minister Salah Abdel-Makshoud, a Brotherhood member, pointed out the fact that women on other Arab TV channels do cover their hair. 

As Fatima Nabil later shared on Twitter: "At last the revolution has reached state television... This decision is not a grant, but a legal right... The revolution [against Mubarak] erupted to set things right. Barring hijab wearers from appearing on state television was against the law, constitution and democracy."

Fatima joined Egyptian radio as a translator in 1999. Four years later, she moved to the news desk of state television. In July 2011, five months after a revolt deposed Hosni Mubarak, Fatima was audited in a contest for new TV presenter. Although she came first, she was not allowed to appear on the screen because of her wearing the hijab. Instead she appeared wearing the hijab on a TV station launched by the formerly banned Muslim Brotherhood after Mubarak’s ouster. She worked for months there until she was informed of an official approval to appear on state television. 

And although her current job is as a presenter of news bulletins, Nabil, a mother of 2, says that it'is likely she will eventually host news talk shows, and other similarly dressed news anchors and weather presenters, can be expected to follow Nabil. 

It's worth noting that veiled women TV news anchors and presenters have been allowed on private TV stations, and the vast majority of Muslim Egyptian women wear some form of head covering.

This article is related to: Television, TV News


Shadow & ActNewsletter