- Fatima Nabil read the 12 o’clock news wearing a hijab on Sunday
- Women had been banned from wearing a veil before the Muslim Brotherhood won election
- Mubarak regime had insisted on women presenters showing their hair to promote secularism
A female television anchor made the news herself when she appeared on Egyptian television wearing a headscarf, believed to be a first for the country’s state media.
Fatima Nabil read a mid-day news bulletin broadcast on Sunday wearing a cream-coloured hijab.
The Cairo broadcast was made possible after the new Egyptian regime abolished a ban on female presenters covering their hair.
During the government of Hosni Mubarak, women were not allowed to cover their hair on television however this ban was scrapped by the new Muslim Brotherhood regime led by conservative president Mohamed Morsi.
Nabil tweeted: ‘At last, the revolution has reached Maspero [an Egyptian TV building]. This decision is not a grant, but a legal right.’