Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi has canceled a previously agreed-upon interview with journalist Christian Amanpour, a keynote anchor for CNN International. The meeting was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 21st at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. However, after Christian rejected the requirement to wear a headscarf, the president refused. The request was made at the last minute.
“Here in New York, or anywhere else outside of Iran, no Iranian president has ever asked me to wear a veil,” she explained in an interview with the portal. CNN. “I have interviewed all of them inside or outside Iran since 1995.”
Initially, Raisi was 40 minutes late for the interview, and one of her aides told a reporter that the president suggested she wear her veil. However, Christian said he “politely declined” as he was out of the country and it was not mandatory.
According to the journalist, the presidential aide at the time said the interview would not take place if she did not wear a headscarf. The man reportedly said it was “a matter of respect” as the holy months of Muharram and Safar are holy. This was the first interview of the President of the United States.
The anchor grew up in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and according to her, wears a headscarf when reporting in Iran to comply with local laws and customs, otherwise she would not be able to work as a journalist.
Iranian law requires all women to cover their heads and wear baggy dresses in public. The law has been in force in the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, making it mandatory for tourists, political figures and even journalists.
The incident of a young man’s death in Iran because he did not wear a headscarf has caused a stir
Earlier this week, thousands of people took to the streets to protest Outrage over Mahza Amini’s deathA 22-year-old girl in Iran’s capital Tehran was arrested and killed for not using. Hijab – Mandatory headscarf for Muslim women.
Police chief Hossein Rahimi said the Iranian woman was arrested for wearing “tight pants” and a “not enough” headscarf. Mahza Amini traveled to Tehran with her family last week. He died several days later, on Friday the 16th, of a heart attack.
The case was huge. Like thousands of Iranian women, Mahza was beaten or mistreated by the police. Before her arrest, the young woman’s father said she had no health problems.
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