Amanpour, Iranian president wander away from interview in excess of head scarf dispute

Amanpour, Iranian president wander away from interview in excess of head scarf dispute

CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi walked absent from an job interview in New York Metropolis on Wednesday subsequent a dispute about Amanpour putting on a scarf.

In a collection of tweets Thursday morning, Amanpour explained that she was slated to talk with Raisi on the sidelines of the United Nations Common Assembly in New York to inquire him about the ongoing protests in Iran.

“Protests are sweeping Iran & women of all ages are burning their hijabs just after the death past week of Mahsa Amini, subsequent her arrest by the ‘morality police’. Human rights groups say at least 8 have been killed. Previous evening, I prepared to check with President Raisi about all this and substantially extra,” Amanpour wrote.

The job interview, the CNN anchor stated, would have been the very first the Iranian president has conducted on U.S. soil. However, 40 minutes just after the interview was supposed to start off, Raisi’s aide arrived about to Amanpour and mentioned that the president “was suggesting [she] have on a headscarf” simply because it was the holy months of Muharram and Safar.

“I politely declined. We are in New York, wherever there is no law or custom about headscarves. I pointed out that no preceding Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran,” she stated.

“The aide made it apparent that the interview would not come about if I did not have on a headscarf. He explained it was ‘a subject of regard,’ and referred to ‘the predicament in Iran’ — alluding to the protests sweeping the state,” she continued.

Protests have been raging across the region above a girl, Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody right after she was arrested in Tehran. According to NPR, Amini was arrested by Iran’s “morality law enforcement,” who implement procedures about head coverings in community.

Considering that then, photos and videos have spread across the media of women of all ages burning hijabs and cutting their hair to raucous applause.

At the very least eight men and women have died in the protests thus significantly, according to Reuters.

Amanpour said that she could not concur to “this unprecedented and unanticipated affliction.”

“And so we walked absent,” she concluded. “The job interview did not materialize. As protests proceed in Iran and people are staying killed, it would have been an important minute to converse with President Raisi.”

Amanpour later instructed CNN’s “New Day” hosts that the dispute was “very unsettling.”

“We had been heading to have the 1st distinctive below in New York. He’d currently done an interview in Iran with ’60 Minutes’ where the scarf was also an challenge. But there, because it is the custom, 1 normally does wear the scarf when one’s there, which is just, in any other case you couldn’t run as journalists,” she stated.

“I have never been requested by any Iranian president, and I have interviewed every single one 1 of them considering the fact that 1995, possibly within or exterior Iran — hardly ever been questioned to don a scarf.”

Up-to-date at 10:57 a.m.

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