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 Common Meeting when an aide insisted she cowl her hair.
“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t any regulation 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 exterior Iran,” she stated.
“I stated that I could not conform to this unprecedented and sudden situation.”
She posted an image of herself — with out a headband — sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.
An aide to Raisi, a hardline cleric, informed Amanpour that he was insisting on a headband due to “the state of affairs in Iran,” she stated.
Iran has been swept by practically per week of protests for the reason that loss of life of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police that implement the clerics’ guidelines on how girls gown.
A non-governmental group stated that no less than 31 Iranian civilians have been killed within the crackdown on the protests, through which girls have been seen burning headscarves.
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