The leader’s first-ever interview on US soil has been canceled after he allegedly insisted a reporter wear a head scarf
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour canceled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, saying he had demanded that she wear a head covering in accordance with Islamic custom and that she “politely declined.” The incident comes amid outrage and protests in Iran over the death of a young woman in police custody after her arrest for “inappropriate” headgear.
Amanpour caught on Twitter Thursday morning to discuss the ill-fated interview, which would have been Raisi’s first on American soil. She said the president was initially late for the engagement, and 40 minutes after the engagement began, an aide approached her to suggest she wear a hijab during the session. “Because these are the holy months of Muharram and Safar.”
“I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding the headscarf,” Amanpour wrote, adding “I pointed out that no former Iranian president had demanded this when I interviewed them outside of Iran.”
The CNN anchor went on to claim that the help “clearly indicated that the interview would not take place if I was not wearing a headscarf”, saying it was a “a matter of respect” saw the current “situation in Iran” – apparently referring to recent protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, detained in Tehran for wearing a “improper” hijab before his mysterious death in custody.
Amanpour said she had planned to ask Raisi about the woman’s death and the heated protests that followed, but insisted that she “could not accept this unprecedented and unexpected condition” concerning the headgear, and therefore ” left “.
Raisi’s office has yet to comment on the incident or confirm Amanpour’s version of events.
Although the hijab – a headscarf frequently worn by Muslim women that comes in different forms – has been compulsory in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Amanpour said she has interviewed every Iranian president since 1995 and no one had never asked him to do so. wearing a headgear outside of Iran itself. She has, however, donned a hijab for some overseas interviews in the past, such as a meeting with Afghan Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani in Kabul earlier this year, where she wore a loose scarf.
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