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An interview between CNN’s Chief Worldwide Anchor Christiane Amanpour and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was abruptly canceled as a result of Amanpour declined to put on a hijab, she recounted on Twitter.
Iran’s state information company didn’t elaborate on the explanation for the sudden cancelation, however blamed Amanpour “due to refusing protocol.” The protocol, it stated, “is being decided by the visitor.”
Amanpour stated she was planning to debate the key demonstrations surging in Iran, together with quite a few incidents the place girls are burning their hijabs to protest the dying in police custody of a younger girl named Mahsa Amini, amongst different matters.
However after her workforce waited 40 minutes for Raisi to reach, an aide of his approached her. “The president, he stated, was suggesting I put on a scarf, as a result of it is the holy months of Muharram and Safar,” Amanpour stated.
“I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t a regulation or custom relating to headscarves,” Amanpour added. “I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them exterior Iran.”
This time, the aide made it clear the hijab was a situation for the interview, describing it as a “matter of respect,” in accordance with the veteran journalist. It is a situation that Amanpour referred to as “unprecedented and surprising.”
Amanpour’s father is Iranian and he or she spent a part of her childhood in Tehran.