A female Saudi Arabian TV presenter has fled the country after an investigation was set up following claims she violated the kingdom’s dress code for women while reporting on the female driving ban being lifted.
The General Commission for Audiovisual Media announced the investigation after a video circulated on social media showing presenter Shereen al-Rifaie, who works for the Al-Aan TV station from the United Arab Emirates filming a report on Saudi women driving in the kingdom in an outfit deemed ‘indecent’.
In the video, the presenter is seen wearing a white abaya, a traditional Muslim robe-like dress which reveals white trousers and a top underneath. She also had a loose scarf, but her dark locks could be seen flowing down her back.
As soon as the news broke, Ms. Al-Rifaie posted a photo of a plane ticket and her passport on Snapchat, indicating that she had left the country.