3 Sep 2012

TV scarf ban lifted in Egypt

7:41 am on 3 September 2012

The Egyptian government has lifted a long-standing ban on female news presenters wearing Islamic headscarves.

Midday news on state television was read on Sunday by a female presenter wearing a cream-coloured scarf, covering her hair.

Under the regime of ex-President Hosni Mubarak there was an unofficial ban on women presenters covering their hair.

But the new government has introduced new rules, saying that nearly 70% of Egyptian women wear the headscarf.

After reading the bulletin on Sunday, Fatima Nabil told the BBC: "At last the revolution has reached state television."

She is expected to be followed by other news and weather presenters similarly dressed.

Information Minister Salah Abdel-Makshoud has pointed out that many women appearing on other Arab and international TV channels cover their hair.