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Moroccan TV channel airs segment on covering up signs of domestic abuse, sparking outcry

November 28, 2016

A Moroccan television broadcaster has apologized for airing a segment that advised women on how to use makeup to cover up signs of domestic violence, the BBC reports.

The clip was featured on the show Sabahiyat, which is broadcasted by Channel 2M. In the footage, concealer and toner are applied to a woman whose face is covered with fake bruises. “We hope these beauty tips will help you carry on with your daily life,” the host of the show says.

Backlash against the broadcaster was swift. “In Morocco, domestic violence education isn’t getting men to stop abusing,” one Twitter user wrote. “It’s teaching women to use concealer.” An online petition calling for “sanctions” against Channel 2M had garnered thousands of signatures.

In a statement posted to Facebook, Channel 2M said that the clip was “completely inappropriate and has an editorial error of judgement [sic] in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women.”

A video of the segment has been removed from 2M’s website.

Read the full story at the BBC.



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