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Egypt lifts ban on veiled TV anchors

By Yasmin Amer, CNN
September 3, 2012 -- Updated 1218 GMT (2018 HKT)
  • Wearing an off-white headscarf, Fatma Nabil makes history
  • "Finally! The revolution has reached Maspero," she says
  • The ban was put in place under Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled last year

(CNN) -- Fatma Nabil made history Sunday as she became the first veiled woman to read the news on Egyptian state television.

She wore an off-white hijab, or headscarf.

Veiled news anchors were not permitted to appear on state TV under the rule of Hosni Mubarak -- a longtime strongman forced from office last year.

The ban was lifted by Salah Abdel-Maqsoud, Egypt's information minister and a member of the long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood.

'Veiled TV' makes debut in Egypt

"Finally! The revolution has reached Maspero," said Nabil, according to the information ministry. She was referring to the headquarters of the state TV and broadcast building, which was the site of massive demonstrations during the uprising that toppled Mubarak.

Nabil was a former anchor on a Muslim Brotherhood channel.

The ban on veiled anchors was issued in 2002 by the then-information minister, Safwat El-Sherif. He was arrested shortly after the Mubarak regime fell, and faces corruption charges.