Women on Iranian TV banned from wearing make-up

    Iranian state TV head says make-up is against Sharia law.


    Women appearing on television will not be permitted to wear make-up as it is against Islamic law, Ezatollah Zarghami, the head of Iran’s state television told staff, according to a report in the Etemad newspaper. Thus far, women were only instructed to cover their heads.

    “Make-up by women during television programmes is illegal and against Islamic Sharia law. There should not be a single case of a woman wearing make-up during a programme,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

    Zarghami also decried the use of excessive music during programmes, urging his staff to take their cue from Western action movies and attempt to “refine” their music.

    “As of today, you in the production department should launch new supervisory methods. I do not want to tell you to filter, but you should be vigilant that nothing inappropriate happens,” said Zarghami.

    Zarghami, who was reappointed to a second term last month is reported to have been advised by Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s head of state and religious leader, to make an “outstanding representation of morality, religion, hopefulness and awareness” in state media programmes.

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