Arab women living in Italy have expressed their support for five female journalists who resigned from the Arab TV network, Al-Jazeera, after the network criticised their clothing. Dounia Ettaib, president of the Arab Women's Association in Italy, told Adnkronos International (AKI) she also wanted the Doha-based network to guarantee journalists' rights in the Middle East.
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"We express our solidarity for the five Al-Jazeera journalists forced to resign over their clothing and we ask the Qatari TV network not to discriminate against women who work there," she told AKI on Tuesday.
Five female newscasters left their Al-Jazeera anchor positions after the company criticised them for their "clothes and decency".
The fracas allegedly occurred after the women repeatedly appeared on television wearing make-up and without covering their hair. Al-Jazeera claims they have the right to enforce a dress code that reflects its principles.
"We are expecting clarifications from the Qatari network regarding their work future and detailed explanations on the whole episide," Ettaib said.
"We wish the journalists well, especially considering that since they resigned they have not released any public statement."