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She spoke on Twitter about an interview between CNN’s international anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, which was suddenly canceled because Amanpour refused to wear a headscarf.
The official Iranian news agency did not explain the reason for the sudden cancellation, but blamed Amanpour “for the rejection of the protocol.” The protocol is “set by the guest,” she added.
Amanpour said she was planning to discuss Major protests escalate in Iranincluding several incidents in which women burned their headscarves in protest of the death in police custody of a young woman named Mahsa Amini, among other topics.
But after her team waited 40 minutes for Raisi to arrive, an aide approached her. “The president was suggesting that I wear the hijab because it is the holy month of Muharram and Safar,” he said. Amanpour said.
“I politely refused,” Amanpour added. “We are in New York where there is no law or tradition regarding the headscarf.” I noted that no previous Iranian president had requested this when I interviewed them outside Iran.
This time, the assistant explained that the headscarf is a requirement of the interview, calling it a “matter of respect,” according to the veteran journalist. A situation described by Amanpour as “unprecedented and unexpected”.
Amanpour’s father Iranian She spent part of her childhood in Tehran.
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