Saturday, February 21, 2015
Saudi Female TV Anchors Will Have To Adhere To Uniform Dress Code Soon
Female TV anchors in Saudi Arabia may soon be faced to adhere to a uniform dress code that does not amplify their beauty. The king's Advisory Body, the Shoura Council, is reviewing a proposal by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media. Ibrahim Abu Abat, who co-wrote the proposal, told the Shoura Council women should wear hijab (headscarf) on air to uphold Kingdom's Islamic Standards. " I receive a lot of questions from Muslims all over the world wondering why our women appear without Hijab (headscarf) in the media," he was quoted saying. It is embarrassing not be best presentation of Islam. "Saudi women must appear with our respectable hijab so we can have a Saudi media that truly represents our beliefs and values." The issue became controversial mid-last year when a female anchor appeared without headscarf during a national news broadcast on Saudi government run Al Akhbariya. An Al Akhbariya spokesman said at the time that woman in the segment was delivering her news bulletin out of the London office and it would not happen again. "She was not in a studio in Saudi Arabia and we do not tolerate any transgression of our values and country's system." Saleh Al Mukhailif said.