Star CNN journalist refuses to wear veil to interview Iranian president, interview canceled

The adviser to the Iranian president explained that under these conditions, the interview planned in New York on the sidelines of the UN assembly would not take place.

CNN star journalist Christiane Amanpour said on Thursday, September 22 that she refused to wear a veil for an interview the day before in New York with Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi, which, according to her, caused the cancellation of the face-to-face in full protest movement in the country.

According to the tweets of the head of the international antenna of CNN, an adviser to the Iranian president came to see her “40 minutes after the time the interview should have started», to tell him that Ebrahim Raïssi «suggested» that she wears a veil, «because these are the holy months of Muharram and Safar».

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«I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding the wearing of headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president had demanded this when I interviewed him outside of Iran.explained the British-born journalist to an Iranian father. According to this international figure from CNN, the adviser explained to him that under these conditions the interview, which was to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, would not take place.

«So we gave up. The interview did not take place. As protests continue in Iran and people are killed, it would have been important to speak with President Raisi“, concluded Christiane Amanpour, who posted a photo of her in front of an empty armchair.

Protests, in which at least 17 people have died according to state media reports, have erupted in Iran since authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16. She had been arrested forwearing inappropriate clothingby the morality police, responsible for enforcing the strict dress code in the Islamic Republic.

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