Interview with Iranian president cut short after Christiane Amanpour refuses to wear headscarf

Interview with Iranian president cut short after Christiane Amanpour refuses to wear headscarf

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi failed to appear in his first ever interview on US soil after CNN’s Christiane Amanpour demanded he “decline politely” wearing a headscarf, the reporter said on Twitter. thread Thursday.

“After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi,” explained Amanpour. “40 minutes after the interview was about to start, an assistant came over. The president, he said, was suggesting 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 interview with Raisi last week instead of “60 Minutes,” before the death in custody and subsequent protests. The interview took place in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and Stahl wore a head covering.

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

According to Amanpour, the assistant who informed her of Raisi’s claim “reference to the sweeping protests” Iran right now after a woman – who was being held by morality police for allegedly not covering her hair fully with her hijab – died in police custody.

“And so we walked away,” tweeted Amanpour. “The interview did not happen. As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it was a great time to speak with President Raisi.”

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

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

Police said Amini died of medical conditions, saying she suffered a heart attack. Amini’s family denied she had any health issues and critics and eyewitnesses did being claimed that the woman was hit by a police van before slipping into a coma.

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

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