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  • Female newsreaders on Al Jazeera

    by Rumbold
    5th June, 2010 at 10:53 am    

    It seems that it is not only British news channels that obsess about their female presenters’ looks, whether in terms of clothes or age. Five female newsreaders of the Arabic version of AL Jazeera have resigned after having their clothes criticised by a senior employee. Nesrine Malik explains:

    The channel is no stranger to controversy. In the latest instalment, five of its most high-profile female presenters have resigned in an apparent dispute about the dress code. The five are reportedly among a group of eight women working for al-Jazeera who had filed a complaint about “repeated offensive public remarks” about “clothes and decency” from a senior al-Jazeera employee.

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    1. sunny hundal

      Blog post:: Female newsreaders on Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/98BD9m

    1. damon — on 5th June, 2010 at 7:58 pm  

      I can see why reporters like this might have caused some arab men to get a little hot under the collar.


      Sherine Tadros is my favourite.


    2. boyo — on 5th June, 2010 at 11:28 pm  

      “Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it is highly unusual to see an Arab newscaster wearing hijab on any of the more prominent news channels. As a percentage of the Arab population, the under-representation of hijab-clad women on private Arabic TV channels (apart from “cause” channels such as al-Majd and national ones in the Gulf) is obvious. When al-Jazeera’s Khadijah bin Qinnah donned the hijab a few years ago, she was commended for her bravery in the face of a media industry which is reluctant to imply any religious influence. She has not resigned, but has lent her support to her outgoing colleagues.”

      I presume we will know what this is about when we see what the new ones wear - however the current lack of hijabs is noticeable, presumably the choice of most professional women in Muslim societies, when they are free to have one.

      It’s curious so many of their educated sisters in the West, who are not obliged by society to cover up, do so.

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