KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers ordered all feminine presenters on TV channels to cowl their faces on air, the nation’s greatest media outlet stated Thursday.

The order got here in a press release from the Taliban’s Advantage and Vice Ministry, tasked with implementing the group’s rulings, in addition to from the Info and Tradition Ministry, the TOLOnews channel stated in a tweet. The assertion known as the order “closing and non-negotiable,” the channel stated.

The assertion was despatched to the Moby Group, which owns TOLOnews and a number of other different TV and radio networks, and the tweet stated it was being utilized to different Afghan media as properly.

An Afghan native media official confirmed his station had obtained the order and was informed it was not up for dialogue. He stated the station has no different choice. He spoke on situation he and his station not be recognized for worry of issues with the authorities.

A number of feminine anchors and presenters posted their images on social media exhibiting them with their faces coated with face masks throughout presenting applications. One outstanding TOLO presenter, Yalda Ali, posted a video of herself placing on a face masks with a caption: “A lady being erased, on orders from the Advantage and Vice Ministry.”

On one station, Shamshad TV, implementation of the order was blended: One girl anchor appeared with a face masks Thursday, whereas one other later within the day went with out, exhibiting her face.

Through the Taliban’s first time in energy from 1996-2001, they imposed overwhelming restrictions on ladies, requiring them to put on the all-encompassing burqa that even coated the eyes with a mesh, and barring them from public life and training

After they seized energy once more in Afghanistan in August, the Taliban initially appeared to have moderated considerably their restrictions, saying no gown code for girls. However in current weeks, they’ve taken a pointy, hard-line pivot that confirmed the worst fears of rights activists.

Earlier this month, the Taliban ordered all ladies in public to put on head-to-toe clothes that leaves solely their eyes seen. The decree stated ladies ought to depart the house solely when essential and that male family members would face punishment for girls’s gown code violations, beginning with a summons and escalating to courtroom hearings and jail time.

The Taliban chief additionally issued a decree barring ladies from attending college after the sixth grade, reversing earlier guarantees by Taliban officers that ladies of all ages could be allowed an training.