Afghan male journalists wear masks on-air in solidarity with female colleagues

Earlier this month, the Taliban issued a decree that women and older girls must cover their faces in public and avoid being outside if possible.

Last week, the Taliban’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue said female television presenters had to cover their faces as well, adding that “the decision was final and that there was no room for discussion.”

Few female newscasters complied when the rule was initially announced on Thursday, but by Sunday it appeared the policy was being enforced.

“The rule blatantly violates women’s rights to freedom of expression, as well personal autonomy and religious belief,” Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Associate Director Heather Barr and researcher Sahar Fetrat wrote of the decision.

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