Unveiled news anchor on Saudi channel generates headlines

A Saudi anchorwoman is stirring interest on social media after reading the news without a headscarf. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)

A Saudi anchorwoman is stirring interest on social media and making global headlines after reading the news without a headscarf on a Saudi state TV channel recently.

In the report for the Al-Ekhbariya News Channel, the anchorwoman appeared without a veil, contrary to tradition in Saudi society where women traditionally wear a head covering in the public sphere.

A spokesperson for the channel, Saleh al-Mughailif, said the anchorwoman was reporting from a studio in Britain. However, he reassured the public that such an incident would not be repeated.

“She was not in a studio inside Saudi Arabia and we do not tolerate any transgression of our values and the country’s systems,” he said, as quoted by Gulf News. The news was also carried by British and American news sites.

The issue of unveiled women appearing on TV channels is not new, since foreign channels are aired in the Kingdom. However, women who report from within the country are expected to wear a head covering.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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