Egyptian TV news anchor Fatma Nabil broke “decades of secular dress code” Sept. 2 by “wearing the hijab” on air, the Guardian reported.
According to the Guardian, which posted a video of Nabil’s broadcast on state TV, “during the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, state TV enforced a secular dress code on screen.” As the Associated Press explained, any “female TV employees” who wore a “head covering” “would be asked to take jobs away from the cameras.”
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Reuters reported that Nabil’s decision “stirs debate” and that previously the rules about wearing the veil “kept covered women out of the top job.”
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