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Iranian President Raisi declines Cnn interview after anchor refuses to wear headscarf


By PTI IST (Released)

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The cancellation of the scheduled interview comes at a time when Iran is witnessing a nationwide protest over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who is believed to have died of a ‘heart attack’ hours after the vice police arrested her for violating the law of the land. mandatory rule for women to cover their heads in public.

Iranian President Ahmed Raisi on Wednesday canceled a long-scheduled interview with veteran CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour at the United Nations General Assembly after she refused his request to cover her head with a headscarf during the ‘interview.

The cancellation of the scheduled interview comes at a time when Iran is witnessing a nationwide protest over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who is believed to have died of a ‘heart attack’ hours after the vice police arrested her for violating the law of the land. mandatory rule for women to cover their heads in public.

Raisi, a hardliner who was in New York to attend the session of the United Nations General Assembly, had a scheduled interview with Amanpour, CNN’s main international anchor, the channel reported.

Iran’s president canceled the interview after refusing a last-minute request to wear a headscarf, CNN said.

Amanpour in a series of tweets said that Raisi’s assistant had made it clear that an interview would not take place if she was not wearing a headscarf, as it was the months of Muharram and Safar and so it is ” a matter of respect”.

“I very politely declined on my behalf and on behalf of CNN, and women journalists everywhere because it’s not an obligation,” Amanpour said, as quoted by CNN.

Amanpour, 64, who grew up in Tehran, said she often wore a headscarf when reporting to Iran to comply with the country’s laws, but could not cover her head to interview an official Iranian outside a country where such a constraint does not exist.

Here in New York, or anywhere else outside of Iran, no Iranian president has ever asked me, and I’ve interviewed every one of them since 1995, inside or outside of Iran, I was never asked to wear a headscarf, she said. Thursday on CNN’s New Day.

Mahsa’s death while in police custody has since sparked outrage and seen women take to the streets to burn their ‘hijab’ (headscarves). Some also posted videos on social media showing them cutting their hair.

The protests, now in their seventh day, have left at least 26 people dead, according to Iranian state television.

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