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New York: Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi canceled an interview with international journalist Christian Amanpour of private television after she refused to wear a hijab during the interview.
Christian Amanpour is a famous international correspondent of CNN Television. He is the UN. Among his duties was to interview the President of Iran, Ibrahim Raisi, who had come to attend the General Assembly meeting. It had been planned for weeks and the interview was scheduled for Wednesday night. It was reported that this was Ibrahim Raisi’s first interview in America.
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In this situation, the president of Iran, Ibrahim Raisi, has canceled his interview, and the reason for this is that the interviewer, Christian Amanpour, refused to wear a hijab.
Christian said in a long post published on his Twitter, “following the death in police custody of a 22-year-old woman named Masha Amini, who was arrested by cultural guards in Iran last week. Women across Iran are protesting by burning their hijabs. Human rights activists report that 8 people have been killed in this protest. Last night I had planned to ask Iranian President Raisi about these and many other things.
This interview is Rice’s first on American soil. For this we planned for several weeks, worked for eight hours and prepared all the translation equipment, lights and camera and waited. But there was no sign of President Raisi coming.
After 40 minutes one of the principal’s assistants arrived. President Raisi insisted that I should wear hijab because it is the holy months of Muharram and Safar.
I very characteristically refused that request. I pointed out that this is New York, there is no law or custom to wear the hijab here, and that no previous Iranian president has ever been forced to wear a hijab when I have interviewed them outside of Iran.
The assistant assured me that if I did not wear hijab, this interview would not be possible. He also said that it is a matter of respect and this is the situation in Iran.
I told him that I could not accept this unexpected condition that was not communicated beforehand. Then we left. The interview did not take place. The struggle in Iran continues. People are being killed. It is an important time to talk to President Raisi about this,” he said.
Earlier, Masha Amini (22) from the city of Sahis, Kurdistan Province, located in the west of Iran, went with her family to visit a relative in the capital Tehran on the 13th. Then the special forces police intercepted Masha Amini. They arrested her and took her away in a van, accusing her of not wearing hijab properly. He was brutally beaten in police custody. He went into a coma and died in the hospital on the 16th. Following this, the protest against the hijab in Iran has reached a serious level.
So far 8 people have died in the protest. Many are injured. However, activists said that the death toll would be higher.
Meanwhile, restrictions have been imposed on social media in Iran to control protests. Instagram, WhatsApp services are reportedly affected in Iran. It is noteworthy that the international media had published news while unable to share the protests happening there due to the ban imposed on social media.
Protests are sweeping Iran & women are burning their hijabs after the death last week of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police”. Human rights groups say at least 8 have been killed. Last night, I planned to ask President Raisi about all this and much more. 1/7
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022