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    Egyptian broadcasters demand right to wear veil http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1081&id=988382003 A GROUP of television presenters in Egypt say they
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 3, 2005
      Egyptian broadcasters demand right to wear veil
      http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1081&id=988382003


      A GROUP of television presenters in Egypt say they have been banned
      from appearing on screen since they took to wearing the hejab, the
      Islamic veil.

      Some say they are considering taking legal action against the
      state-owned broadcasting organisation as a result.


      The issue of the Islamic dress code has long been controversial in
      Egypt and now the conflict is taking place against a quietly changing
      social landscape within the country with increasing numbers of
      professional women choosing to wear the hejab.

      The presenters say they are effectively being denied the right to make
      this choice and point out that nothing in their contract with the
      state broadcaster prevents them from wearing the veil.

      Strictly speaking, what they wear is not a veil, but a headscarf that
      covers their hair.

      One of the most famous of the rebel presenters, Maha Medhet, says she
      has been with Egyptian television for more than ten years and has
      begun legal action against the state broadcaster.

      According to legal documents, Ms Medhet alleges she is being punished
      for what she describes as her right to practise her religion.

      The case highlights a dilemma for the Egyptian state. Under the
      country's constitution, Islam is the state religion and Islamic sharia
      the main source for legislation.

      However, the government apparently fears that such public display of
      Islamic symbols, of which the veil is the most potent, will play into
      the hands of Islamic activists whose aim is to enforce the ancient
      sharia law in all spheres of life.

      Ms Medhet says that since she decided to wear the veil, in March this
      year, she was relegated to the role of an out-of-vision narrator. In
      some programmes where she used to be the sole presenter, she says, the
      camera no longer shows her face but only that of another, unveiled,
      colleague.

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