Morocco TV show apologizes for airing makeup tips to hide domestic abuse

RABAT, Morocco — A makeup tutorial on a Moroccan TV show that offered tips on using cosmetics to disguise signs of domestic abuse has drawn sharp criticism, a petition from indignant women and, finally, a televised apology.

The daily women's show "Sabahiyat" apologized on Monday for the airing the segment last week and promised to "exercise more precision" in the future.

The program featured a demonstration "to show you the makeup you can use to cover the bruises on your face" on Wednesday to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

By Friday, a video of the tutorial posted on the internet had sparked outrage on social media.

A petition signed by nearly 2,000 people was sent to Morocco's High Authority for Audiovisual Communications, which called a meeting Monday.