An anchorwoman wearing a hijab head covering appeared on Egyptian state television for the first time in its 50-year existence on Sunday, sparking fears the move represents a further shift towards Islamism under the newly-empowered Muslim Brotherhood.
Under deposed president Hosni Mubarak, women wearing Islamic head coverings were only permitted to work behind the camera; however, in January, an Egyptian court overturned the prohibition.
The newsreader in question, Fatma Nabil, who wore the headscarf of her own volition, made her appearance on a midday broadcast on Egypt's Channel 1; three other women wearing headscarves also are slated to begin working as anchors in the near future.
In the Muslim Brotherhood's daily newspaper, Freedom and Justice
, Nabil welcomed the development, saying it was a sign that Egypt's revolution was successful.
In contrast, some analysts voiced concern that the move was an early sign that the Brotherhood was planning to impose Sharia law in Egypt.