Interview with Iran’s president called off after Christiane Amanpour refuses to wear head scarf

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi failed to show up for his first-ever interview on US soil after CNN’s Christiane Amanpour “politely rejected” his request to wear a headscarf, the reporter said in a Twitter post. wire Thursday.

“After weeks of planning and eight hours of preparing translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were done. But no sign of President Raisi,” Amanpour explained. ’40 minutes after the interview should have started, an assistant came by. The president, he said, suggested that I wear a headscarf because it is the holy months of Muharram and Safar.’

Although Amanpour has worn headscarves in the past for interviews in other countries, such as Iran or Afghanistan, she noted that she would not wear one in a country where it is not required. CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewed Raisi last week for “60 Minutes”, prior to the remanded death and subsequent protests. The interview took place in Tehran, the capital of Iran, and Stahl was wearing a head covering.

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“We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves,” the journalist wrote. “I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has demanded this when I interviewed them outside of Iran.”

According to Amanpour, the assistant who informed her of Raisi’s demand “hinting at the sweeping protestsIran is currently dying after a woman – who was detained by vice squad for allegedly not covering her hair completely with her hijab – died in police custody.

“And so we walked away,” Amanpour tweeted. “The interview did not happen. As the protests in Iran continue and people are being killed, it would have been an important moment to talk to President Raisi.”

Under Iranian law, women must adhere to a certain dress code, which is based on the country’s interpretation of Sharia. This includes wearing a hijab to cover their hair, as well as wearing loose-fitting clothing to disguise their figures, the BBC reports.

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Last week, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini visited Tehran from Kurdistan when she was arrested by the vice squad for non-compliance with the head covering rule. She died while in custody.

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Police have said Amini died due to health problems and said she had suffered a heart attack. Amini’s family denied she had any health problems and have critics and eyewitnesses claimed that the woman was beaten in a police van before falling into a coma.

Since the incident, protests have erupted across Iran in response to Amini’s death. Many women are in public burning their hijabs and cutting their hair in solidarity with Amini. At least 17 people have been killed in the protests and internet access has been cut off in several parts of the country.

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