CNN broadcaster Christiane Amanpour said Iranian President Raisi cancelled an interview channel at the last minute after she refused to wear a headscarf. Iran has been witnessing anti-hijab protests following the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by Tehran’s morality police.
Amanpour who was scheduled to interview Raisi in New York evening broke down the events that led to the cancellation, which was also supposed to be Raisi’s first-ever interview in the US. “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,” the senior journalist wrote in her post.
The anchor said one of the president’s aides had come over and suggested she wear a “headscarf” as it was the holy month of Muharram and Safar. “40 minutes after the interview had been due to start, an aide came over. The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar,” Amanpour wrote.
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