News Reader Wearing Hijab Appears on Egypt TV
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News reader Fatima Nabil, wearing the Muslim hijab head scarf, appeared on Egyptian state television on Sunday, for the first time ever since the channel launched in 1960. (Sept. 4)

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[Location - Date:Cairo/September 2-3, 2012][Source:EGYPT TV/NO ACCESS EGYPT][VO:IMAGES OF FATIMA NABIL ON EGYPTIAN STATE TELEVISION][VOICE-OVER]FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE LAUNCH OF EGYPTIAN STATE TELEVSION IN 1960, NEWS READER, FATIMA NABIL (fah-Tih-mah NAH-Beel') PRESENTED THE NOON NEWS BULLETIN - WEARING THE MUSLIM HIJAB HEAD SCARF.[Source:AP TELEVISION/AP CLIENTS ONLY]THE MOVE COMES AFTER THE ISLAMIST DOMINATED GOVERNMENT LIFTED THE BAN ON FEMALE NEWS READERS WERAING THE ISLAMIC VEIL, A BAN IN PLACE FOR DECADES UNDER MORE SECULAR REGIMES OF THE PAST. AS NABIL WATCHED TV WITH HER FAMILY AT HOME MONDAY, SHE SAYS SHE WAS THRILLED WHEN SHE LEARNED SHE COULD APPEAR ON TV WITH THE VEIL. SHE SAYS SHE FELT JUSTICE FROM THE "APARTHEID" AGAINST HER. NOW SHE SAYS HER RIGHTS ARE GUARANTEED UNDER THE LAW AND CONSTITUTION.THIS CAIRO RESIDENT SHARES HER ENTHUSIASM SAYING SHE HOPES ALL TV PRESENTERS DO THE SAME AND ARE ACCEPTED BY THE WORLD.ANOTHER SAID IT GIVES A GOOD IMPRESSION OF THE STATE AFTER THE REVOLUTION. WE'RE IN A NEW ERA WITH MORE FREEDOM, HE SAYS WHERE EVERYONE INCLUDING WOMEN WHO WEAR THE HIJAB SHOULD HAVE RIGHTS. THE BAN HAD LONG BEEN CRITICIZED BY LIBERALS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTVISTS AS AN INFRIGNEMENT ON PERSONAL FREEDOMS IN A COUNTRY WHERE MORE THAN HALF OF ADULT WOMEN COVER THEIR HEADS. (****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: ALVA FRENCH ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP TELEVISION/EGYPT TV-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: yes----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: COURTESY: EGYPT TV/PART NO ACCESS EGYPT/AP CLIENTS ONLY----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): PART NO ACCESS EGYPT--------------------------------