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Monday 1 May 2017

Moroccan TV station apologises for broadcasting segment on how to cover evidence of domestic violence using makeup

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Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

A Moroccan state television station has apologised for airing a segment on how to cover evidence of domestic violence using makeup.

The segment was shown on daily programme Sabahiyat on national television service 2M on Wednesday as part of the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The clip showed a makeup artist demonstrating how to cover bruises and signs on violence on a woman who had artificial bruising on her face.

The segment sparked outrage in Morocco and worldwide, with the station removing the clip from its website on Friday.

The station then took to Facebook to "sincerely apologise" for the "error of judgement."

"The management believes that this section is completely inappropriate and has an editorial error of judgement in view of the sensitivity and the gravity of the subject of violence against women," reads the statement.

"This approach is in complete contradiction with the editorial line of the chain."

The makeup artist who performed the tutorial said "in no way are we endorsing [domestic violence]," reports Morocco World News.

“We are here to provide solutions to these women who, for a period of two to three weeks, are putting their social life aside while their wounds heal. These women have already been subjected to moral humiliation and do not need to also have others looking at them."

“Makeup allows women to continue to live normally while waiting for justice.”

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