Al-Jazeera Anchorwomen Quit Over Clothes and Makeup Issue
Editor-in-chief of the Arab TV network cites lack of ‘decency’.
Five of the best-known anchorwomen on the Al-Jazeera Arabic-language network have resigned following a clash with their editor-in-chief over their choice of clothes and makeup.
The anchorwomen, Joumana Nammour, Lina Zahr al-Din, Jullinar Mousa (not pictured), Luna al-Shibl and Nawfar Afli, have traditionally appeared on screen wearing Western-style business clothes as well as makeup and jewelry. Their heads have not been covered.
Their resignations came a few months after they complained about what they called “offensive remarks” made by Ayman Jaballah, the network’s deputy editor-in-chief. The remarks, according to the London Daily Mail, questioned the women’s ‘clothes and decency.’ An internal investigation found that Jaballah has the right to tell news anchors what they can and cannot wear.
The network, which is based in the tiny yet immensely rich nation of Qatar, in the Arabian Peninsula, has become known worldwide in the past decade for its insight and reports on the Arabic world. Since 2004, though, it has been banned from broadcasting in Iraq because of concerns that it has become a forum for Muslim extremists.
The issue drew some criticism from Arab bloggers, one of whom said that the network was trying to impose a uniform ideological outlook on its employees. And a staff journalist at Al-Jazeera told the Daily Mail that the news anchors’ resignation is a sign of a much deeper conflict. (Daily Mail)