CNN host Christiane Amanpour said she was ready for the interview when an aide insisted she covered her hair because of the ‘situation in Iran’.
Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour says interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was canceled after he insisted she wore a headscarf, the focus of massive demonstrations domestic.
Amanpour, CNN’s main international presenter who also has shows on US public broadcaster PBS, said she was getting ready for Wednesday’s interview on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly when a The president’s aide insists she covers her hair.
“I politely declined. We are in New York where there are no laws or traditions regarding the hijab,” Amanpour, who was born in the UK to an Iranian father, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“I pointed out that none of the previous Iranian presidents asked for this when I interviewed them outside of Iran. I said I could not agree to this unexpected and unprecedented condition.”
She posted a picture of herself – without a hijab – sitting in front of an empty chair where Raisi was supposed to be.
“As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it will be an important time to speak with President Raisi.”
An aide to Raisi told Amanpour that he insisted on a headscarf because “The situation in Iran”, she speaks.
And so we left. The interview did not take place. As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it will be an important time to speak with President Raisi. 7/7 pic.twitter.com/kMFyQY99Zh
– Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
Iran has been swept by almost a week of protests since the death of 22 years old Mahsa Aminiwho died after being arrested by the “moral police” who enforced the Muslim leaders’ rules about how women should dress.
At least nine protesters were killed so far based on statements from Iran’s state and semi-official media, although activist groups say the death toll is higher.
On Thursday, the US Treasury Department punishedHis country’s ethics police as well as seven leaders of Iranian security organizations they say “regularly use violence to suppress peaceful protesters and members of civil society”. Iran, dissidents, women’s rights activists and members of the Iranian Baha’i community.”