Journalist and activist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, who runs MuslimGirl.com, has accused French police of harassment, after she says she was forced to remove her head scarf at the Nice Airport. She’s in France as a jury member for Cannes Lions, the marketing and advertising world’s biggest festival and awards event.
In a Facebook post from June 16, Al-Khatahtbeh writes that even though it is not the law to remove a head scarf that doesn’t cover the face, the police were rude and violated her rights by insisting she remove it. According to Adweek, she has obtained a lawyer in France and is filing legal action.
Ironically, Al-Khatahtbeh is at Cannes Lions to judge the Glass Lion award, which recognizes advertising and marketing work that implicitly or explicitly addresses issues of gender inequality or prejudice.