A niqab-clad Egyptian anchorwoman Eman Fahmy hosts a show to be aired on Egypt's new Maria TV in Cairo on July 23, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
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Egypt's state-run television has taken several anchorwomen off the air until they lose weight, the broadcaster's chief told AFP, drawing criticism from rights groups but also praise from some commentators.Safaa Hegazy, the head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union which runs state television, said six to eight anchorwomen would be affected by the decision.The Women's Center for Guidance and Legal Awareness in Egypt called the decision "shameful" and said it was contrary to Egypt's constitution.One of the affected women, Khadija Khattab, said she felt slandered by the move.
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