Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour stated Thursday that an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was scrapped after he insisted she put on a headband, the main target of main protests within the cleric-run state.
Amanpour, the chief worldwide anchor of CNN who additionally has a present on US public broadcaster PBS, stated she was prepared for the interview Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN Basic Meeting when an aide insisted she cowl her hair.
“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t a legislation or custom concerning headscarves,” Amanpour, who was born in Britain to an Iranian father, wrote on Twitter.
“I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them outdoors Iran,” she stated.
“I stated that I could not comply with this unprecedented and sudden situation.”
She posted an image of herself — with no scarf — sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.
An aide to Raisi, a hardline cleric, advised Amanpour that he was insisting on a headband due to “the state of affairs in Iran,” she stated.
Iran has been swept by practically every week of protests because the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police that implement the clerics’ guidelines on how girls costume.
A non-governmental group stated that a minimum of 31 Iranian civilians have been killed within the crackdown on the protests, wherein girls have been seen burning headscarves.
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