The Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice has issued a new directive requiring female presenters on television to wear masks.

The order was officially announced on Wednesday, May 19 by Taliban Ministry of Interior agents to MOBY Group television channels, including TOLONews.

Officials in charge of the communiqué instructed female MOBY Group presenters and operators that the order was “indisputable” and should be considered without any debate.

Female presenters with masks have appeared on the MOBY Group’s TV networks since yesterday, in accordance with the Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice strict order.

The Taliban’s latest edict comes after the group’s previous edict to “make hijab mandatory,” raising concerns about the implications of both orders to women’s rights. A number of women reacted to the adoption of the decree on mandatory hijab, protesting in Kabul streets, raising their voice.

The new directive is not surprising given that the Taliban have already implemented a gender segregation policy in restaurants and parks as well as the fact that the issue of reopening the girls’ schools yet remains unsolved.

There have been objections, with some social activists claiming that the Taliban’s measures are intended to keep women out of society.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).