Christiane Amanpour who threw off the hijab, and an interview with the president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi
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Popular TV reporter Christiane Amanpour refused to interview Iran’s president Ebrahim Raisi after she was asked to wear a hijab. The CNN anchor told Raisi’s assistant to wear a hijab before the interview. There are demonstrations in Iran by human and women’s rights organizations, which oppose the wearing of the veil in the country.
At least 31 protesters have died in the past few days in Iran, as security forces have arrested people who were angry over the death of Mahsa Amini, who was beaten for not wearing a hijab.
Amanpour was scheduled to interview Raisi at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday. But at the last minute, Iran’s leader asked her to wear a hijab.
The President of Iran asked Amanpour to arrest the President
While rejecting Raisi’s request, Amanpour pointed out that no former president of Iran needed this when I interviewed him outside of Iran. “We are in New York, where there is no law or practice regarding the veil.”
Raisi is scheduled to be interviewed at the United Nations Headquarters
Stating that this will be the first interview that President Raisi will give on American soil, during his visit to New York for the UNGA, Amanpour said that weeks of planning and eight hours of translation equipment, lights and cameras, “we are ready. We were not. But there is no sign of President Raisi.”
Raisi’s assistant told him Amanpour To wear the veil as it is the holy month of Muharram
She pointed out that 40 minutes after the interview was supposed to start, the assistant arrived. The president, he said, suggested that I wear hijab because it is the holy months of Muharram and Safar, according to Amanpour.
Amanpour politely declined as the United States does not have a law regarding the veil
“I respectfully declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or practice related to the hijab. I pointed out that no former president of Iran required this when I interviewed him outside of Iran,” she said. count.
The veteran highlighted that the assistant made it clear that the interview would not take place if she was not wearing a hijab.
Amanpour and her team decided to travel
She also revealed that the aide told her it was a matter of respect and she referred to the situation in Iran – deliberately highlighting the protests in the country. But they did not accept an unprecedented situation.
“And that’s why we went, the interview didn’t happen, as the protests in Iran continue, and people are being killed, it would have been an important time to talk to President Raisi,” said Amanpour.
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