September 27, 2022

CNN presenter Christiane Amanpour mentioned she was prepared for the interview when an aide insisted she cowl her hair due to the ‘state of affairs in Iran’.

Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour says an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was scrapped after he insisted she put on a scarf, the main target of main protests within the nation.

Amanpour, the chief worldwide anchor of CNN who additionally has a present on United States public broadcaster PBS, mentioned she was prepared for the interview on Wednesday on the sidelines of the United Nations Basic Meeting when an aide to the president insisted she cowl her hair.

“I politely declined. We’re in New York the place there isn’t any regulation or custom relating to headscarves,” Amanpour, who was born in the UK to an Iranian father, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

“I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them outdoors Iran. I mentioned that I couldn’t comply with this unprecedented and surprising situation.”

She posted an image of herself – with no scarf – sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.

“As protests proceed in Iran and persons are being killed, it will have been an vital second to talk with President Raisi.”

An aide to Raisi advised Amanpour he was insisting on a scarf due to “the state of affairs in Iran”, she mentioned.

Iran has been swept by almost every week of protests because the dying of 22-year-old Mahsa Aminiwho died after being arrested by “morality police” who implement the Muslim leaders’ guidelines on how girls gown.

At the least 9 demonstrators have been killed thus far based mostly on statements from Iran’s state-run and semi-official media, though activist teams say the dying toll is increased.

On Thursday, the US Division of the Treasury sanctioned the nation’s morality police in addition to seven leaders of Iranian safety organisations that it mentioned “routinely make use of violence to suppress peaceable protesters and members of Iranian civil society, political dissidents, girls’s rights activists, and members of the Iranian Baha’i group”.

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