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 focus 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 Normal Meeting when an aide insisted she cowl her hair.
“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there is no such thing as a legislation or custom relating to 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 — and not using a scarf — sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.
An aide to Raisi, a hardline cleric, instructed Amanpour that he was insisting on a headband due to “the scenario in Iran,” she stated.
Iran has been swept by practically every week of protests for the reason that 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 not less than 31 Iranian civilians have been killed within the crackdown on the protests, during which girls have been seen burning headscarves.
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