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Moroccan TV show apologizes for segment on makeup to hide abuse

After a wave of criticism, a Moroccan TV show devoted to the problems of women apologized Monday for airing a make-up tutorial, which offered tips on the use of cosmetics to conceal signs of domestic violence, calling the segment an “error in judgment.”

The daily show women that aired on Wednesday and was posted online, attracting a cascade of sharp criticism on social media, a petition from outraged women and, finally, to the televised apology.

The show “Sabahiyat” (in the Morning) featured a demonstration “to show you the makeup that you can use to cover the bruises on your face” as a way to mark the occasion of the International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women.

The online portion was removed, but a petition signed by almost 2000 people, was sent to Morocco to the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication, which can be a meeting Monday.

The declaration of the show to the public for the 2M-channel noted that Sabahiyat is on the air for almost six years, always with “every issue that matters” for women.

“Our concern is defending the rights of the woman. In the name of the Sabahiyat team at 2M, we present our apologies and sincere regret about the beauty segment aired on Wednesday, that was an error in judgment,” the program’s statement said. “We ask for your understanding and committing to the fact that more vigilant and precise in any of our programs.”

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