Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi cancels long-planned interview with head of CNN international host Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday after she declined a last-minute demand wear head scarf.
Approximately 40 minutes after the interview was scheduled due to start as well as with Raisi is late, the aide told Amanpour that the President suggested that she wear head scarf. Amanpour said she was “politely declined”.
amanpour, who increased up in Iranian capital Tehran and is fluent in Farsi, said she wears head scarf while reporting in Iran comply with local laws and customs, “otherwise you would not be able to work as a journalist.” But she said she wouldn’t cover for her head conduct an interview with Iranian official outside country that does not required.
“Here in New York or anywhere else outside of Iran, I have never been asked by any Iranian president, and I have interviewed everyone one of them since 1995 – either inside or outside of Iran, never asked to wear head scarf, she said. on “New Day” CNN program Thursday.
“I’m very polite declined on on behalf of of I’m CNN and women journalists everywhere because it’s not a requirement.”
Iranian law requires everyone women wear head covering and loose clothing in public. rule was carried out in Iran after the Islamic revolution of 1979, and this is a must for every woman in countries – including tourists, visiting politicians and journalists.
Amanpour said that Raisi’s assistant made clear that an interview that would have been an interview with the Iranian president first on American soil – wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t wear head scarf. He called it “the business of respect”, given that these are sacred months of Muharram and Safar, and referred to the “situation in Iran”, alluding to the protests that have swept the country, she added.
Anti-government protests broke out in Iran last a week over in death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in in custody after being arrested by Iranian vice police on accusation of law violation on head scarves.
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thousands of people took to the streets with a little women cutting their hair and burning their hijabs in protest against law. Human rights groups reported that at least eight people were killed in demonstrations that were met with harsh crackdown by authorities, according to witnesses and videos shared on social media.
Demonstrations seem to be the biggest shows of disobedience against Islamic Republic rule, one which became more strict after the election of Raisi hard-line government last year. Eight years later of Moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani, Iran elected Raisi, ultra-conservative head of the judiciary, whose views in line with thinking of countries powerful clergy and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In Iran head scarf is a powerful symbol of a set of private rules imposed by the country’s clerical leaders who govern what people you can wear, watch and do. Above past decade, protests erupted as many Iranians protested of these restrictions.
Amini death caused an outpouring of long smoldering anger over restrictions on personal freedoms. Surveys and reports in In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Iranians don’t believe in hijab or head scarf, should be mandatory.
Iranian officials said Amini died after a “heart attack”. attack and fell into a coma, but her family said she did not have a pre-existing heart condition, according to Emtedad newsSiran reform advocate media exit. Skepticism over officials account of her death It has also drowned public resent
CCTV footage released by Iranian authorities media showed Mahsa Amini passing out in a “re-education” center where she was taken by the vice police to receive “guidance” on her outfit.
Amanpour planned to interrogate Raisi. on Amini death and protests, as well as the nuclear deal and support for Russia in Ukraine but said she had to walk away.
As the protests continue in Iran and people kill, that would be an important point to say with President Raisi,” she said. in a Thread on Twitter.