Al-Jazeera anchorwomen quit in clothing spat: Reports

Five female news presenters at the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television channel have resigned over conflicts with management over dress code and other issues.

Doha: Five female news presenters at the
pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television channel have resigned
over conflicts with management over dress code and other
issues, a journalist there said on Sunday.

"This collective resignation is not motivated just by
the growing pressure on the presenters concerning their dress
code, which was evoked by the media," said the journalist, who
asked not to be identified.

"The conflicts run much deeper," the journalist added.
The news presenters who have reportedly quit are Jumana
Namur, Lina Zahreddin, Lona al-Shibel, Julnar Mussa and Nofar
Afli.

The Al-Hayat daily reported today that they had resigned
in the past few days after petitioning management in January
over repeated criticism from a top company official for
allegedly not being conservative enough in their dress.

Management of the Doha-based channel told a news agency it would
issue a response later.

Established in 1996 by the government of Qatar,
Al-Jazeera has revamped the Arab media scene by departing from
the traditional government-mouthpiece news style and providing
wide news coverage, and becoming a trailblazer for many
subsequent channels.

But its editorial line has been strongly criticised by
Washington, which has accused the channel of becoming a podium
for Islamist extremists, mainly in Iraq, where it has been
banned from operating since 2004.

The network has several channels, including Al-Jazeera
English.

PTI

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