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Christiane Amanpour says she canceled Iranian president’s interview after he demanded she wear a headscarf

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi did not show up for his first interview on US soil after CNN’s Christiane Amanpour “politely refused” his demand to wear a headscarf, the reporter said on Twitter. thread Thursday.

“After weeks of planning and eight hours of installing translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi,” Amanpour explained. “Forty minutes after the interview began, an aide approached. The president, he said, was suggesting that he wear a headscarf, because these are the holy months of Muharram and Safar.”

While 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.

“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 required this when I interviewed them outside of Iran.”

According to Amanpour, the assistant who informed him about Raisi’s lawsuit “alluded to the protests that swept“Iran today after a woman, who was detained by the morality police for allegedly not completely covering her hair with a hijab, died in police custody.

“As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important time to speak with President Raisi,” Amanpour said.

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

Last week, Mahsa Amini, 22, visited Tehran from Kurdistan. when she was arrested by the morality police for not complying with the head covering rule. She died while she was in custody.

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

Since the incident, protests have broken out across Iran in response to Amini’s death. Many women are public fire their hijabs and haircuts in solidarity with Amini. At least 17 have died in the protests and Internet access has been cut in various parts of the country.


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