Challenging Power Pressure Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 3. September 2012 09:46

Veiled female news anchor marks wane of secular Egypt

The democratic election of an Islamist president has put a new face on power

Wearing a cream-colored headscarf and a dark suit, Fatma Nabil read the 12 o'clock news bulletin on Sunday and became Egypt's first female news presenter ever to appear on state television while wearing a veil. Nabil and several other female news presenters scheduled to go on air mark the end of a ban on presenters wearing the Muslim head covering, a policy that state TV has enforced throughout the half century of its existence. a large majority of Egyptian women cover their hair. But under the ousted secular-leaning President HosniMubarak and his predecessors, female TV employees who did so would be asked to take jobs away from the cameras. Some sued against the policy and won, but a Ministry of Information run by staunch regime loyalists would ignore the rulings. The end result was that the faces on state TV mirrored those of the wives of the ruling elite, where the style was set by women like the well-coiffed First Lady Suzanne Mubarak. But TV presenters represented one form of employment — others included hotel and airline work — where the government apparently wanted to promote a vision of "modernity" that it considered incompatible with veiling.







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