The well-known CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour He assured this Thursday that the interview he had scheduled with the Iranian president, ebrahim raisiwas suspended because she refused to cover his head with a handkerchief, as requested by the president’s aides from Iran, a country where women are forced to cover their hair. “He said it was a ‘respect issue’ and he referred to the ‘situation in Iran’ alluding to the protests in the country,” the interviewer said.
As Amanpour wrote in a chain of tweets, the request to cover his hair was made by an aide to the president. when the interview was already 40 minutes late about the scheduled time. The incident is particularly relevant because the riots currently living in various regions of Iran precisely because of the issue of islamic veilmandatory for all women in outdoor spaces.
Last Friday, protests broke out in Iran – in which at least 17 people have already died – after learning of the death in police custody of Mahsa Amin who had been arrested by the Moral Police for wear the veil wrong; In the protests, women have been seen removing their veils in public, unprecedented images.
Amanpour added that “politely” refused and wrote: “We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president had asked for that when I interviewed him outside of Iran.”
“Once again, I said I couldn’t accept this unexpected condition and unprecedented, so I left and the interview did not take place”, settled the presenter, who acknowledges that “it would have been an important moment for talk to president al raisi” who is in New York on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly that began last Tuesday. The information professional also indicated that the interview had been planned for several weeks and that the set preparation had carried eight hours.