The chief’s first-ever interview on US soil was canceled after he allegedly insisted {that a} feminine reporter don a head scarf

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has canceled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, claiming he demanded she put on a head overlaying according to Islamic customized and that she “politely declined.” The incident comes amid outrage and protests in Iran over a younger lady’s demise in police custody after she was arrested over “inappropriate” headwear.

Amanpour took to Twitter on Thursday morning to debate the ill-fated interview, which might have been Raisi’s first on American soil. She mentioned the president was initially late for the engagement, and that 40 minutes after it was set to start, an aide approached her to counsel she put on a hijab through the sit-down “as a result of it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar.”

“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t any legislation or custom relating to headscarves,” Amanpour wrote, including “I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them exterior Iran.”

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The CNN anchor went on to say that the aide “made it clear that the interview wouldn’t occur if I didn’t put on a headband,” saying it was a “matter of respect” given the present “scenario in Iran” – apparently referring to recent protests over the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained in Tehran for sporting an “improper” hijab earlier than her mysterious demise in custody. 

Amanpour mentioned she had deliberate to ask Raisi concerning the lady’s demise and the heated demonstrations that adopted, however insisted she “couldn’t conform to this unprecedented and sudden situation” relating to the top overlaying, and subsequently “walked away.”

Raisi’s workplace has but to touch upon the incident or affirm Amanpour’s model of occasions.

Although the hijab – a headband often worn by Muslim ladies which is available in quite a lot of completely different shapes and types – has been obligatory in Iran because the nation’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, Amanpour mentioned she has interviewed each Iranian president since 1995 and has by no means been requested to put on a head overlaying exterior of Iran itself. She has donned a hijab for some interviews abroad prior to now, nonetheless, resembling a sit-down with Afghan Inside Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani in Kabul earlier this yr, the place she wore a loose-fitting scarf.

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