Christiane Amanpour has told social networks that the interview with Ebrahim Raisi was suspended because she refused to wear a veil “We are in New York,” said the journalist who was going to interview the president of Iran on the occasion of the UN General Assembly “No The previous Iranian president had asked for that when I interviewed him outside of Iran,” she explained on TwitterThe well-known CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour explained on her Twitter account that the interview she had scheduled with the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, was suspended because she refused cover her head with a scarf, as requested by advisers to the president of Iran, a country where women are obliged to cover their hair. Amanpour explained that she refused, writing: “We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president had asked for that when I interviewed him outside of Iran.” The request was made when the interview was already 40 minutes late. And so we walked away. The interview didn’t happen. As protests continue in Iran and people are being killed, it would have been an important moment to speak with President Raisi. 7/7 pic.twitter.com/kMFyQY99Zh— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022 The American journalist wrote that the Iranian official made it clear to her that the interview would not take place if she was not wearing a scarf. “He said it was a ‘respect issue’ and he referred to the ‘situation in Iran’ alluding to the protests in the country,” the interviewer said. Raisi is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
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