Iranian President, ebrahim raisicanceled an interview with CNN in New York on Wednesday after the famous journalist Christiane Amanpour refused to wear a hijab.
The incident occurs amid intense protests that broke out against the theocratic regime over the death in custody of the young woman. Mahsa Amini after being arrested by the feared morality police for allegedly wearing a headscarf in an “improper” way.
It was her own amanpour, one of the world’s most respected anchorwomen and war correspondents, who told what happened.
“This was to be President Raisi’s first interview on US soil, during his visit to New York for the UN General Assembly,” he wrote on Twitter. “After weeks of planning and eight hours of installing translation equipment, lights, and cameras, we were ready. But no trace of President Raisi.”
This was going to be President Raisi’s first ever interview on US soil, during his visit to NY for UNGA. After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi. 2/7
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
40 minutes after the interview was supposed to start, an assistant to the president approached the presenter and asked her to wear a headscarf.
“I politely declined”, wrote the presenter, who is the daughter of an Iranian father and was raised in Tehran. “We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I interviewed them outside of Iran.”
“The assistant made it clear that the interview would not take place if Amanpour was not going to wear a headscarf. He said it was ‘a matter of respect’ and referred to ‘the situation in Iran‘, alluding to the protests sweeping the country. One more time, I said that I could not agree to this unexpected and unprecedented condition.”he added.
Amanpour left and the interview did not take place. “As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important time to speak with President Raisi”, he finished.
The interview with CNN It was going to be Raisi’s second with an American media outlet in recent days. Last week, the Iranian president, a conservative considered a protégé of the Ayatollah Ali Khameneigranted an interview to the program “60 Minutes” of CBS. The journalist from CBS, Leslie Stahlrecounted that the Iranian authorities told him “how to dress, not to sit before him and not to interrupt him”before the interview, in which she wore a veil.
During the protests that erupted over the death of Mahsa Amini, at least 31 people have already lost their lives due to the repression of the regime forces, according to an NGO.
It was feared the violence could escalate further after Iranian authorities restricted internet access and block messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Instagram, as they had during previous crackdowns.
“Death to the dictator” Y “Woman, life, freedom”, protesters could be heard screaming in video footage shared online, during the largest wave of protests that has shaken the country in almost three years.
Some women burned their veils and symbolically cut their hair in protest at the strict dress codein defiant actions that echoed in solidarity protests abroad, from New York to Istanbul.
Activists have said that Amini, whose Kurdish first name is Jhina, after her arrest in Tehran suffered a fatal blow to the heada statement denied by the authorities, who announced an investigation.
The protests come at a particularly sensitive time for the Iranian leadership, as the economy is still mired in a deep crisis, with high rates of unemployment and inflation.
The death toll in Iran due to protests against the veil and the moral police grows to 31