Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian President, has cancelled an interview with celebrated Cable Information Community (CNN) broadcaster, Christiane Amanpour.
He cancelled the interview with Amanpour in New York, United States for her refusal to put on scarf.
The interview with Amanpour was scheduled on Wednesday night, in New York, the place the president travelled in an effort to handle the United Nations but it surely was cancelled on the final minute after she refused to put on a scarf.
The broadcaster took to her twitter deal with @amanpour to announce the cancellation of the interview, on Thursday.
This got here as girls throughout Iran protested the nation’s legal guidelines requiring girls to put on hijab in public after a younger lady died after being detained by Iran’s morality police.
Amanpour wrote on her Twitter deal with: “Nearly an hour after the interview was slated to begin, Raisi had still not arrived,” she mentioned including “one of the president’s aides came forward and suggested Amanpour put on a headscarf for the on-camera interview because of Muharram and Safar, two holy months in Islam.”
Amanpour mentioned she “politely declined,” noting that earlier Iranian presidents by no means required her to don a scarf throughout interviews that passed off outdoors Iran.
The aide gave Amanpour an ultimatum, saying it was “a matter of respect” and referred to “the situation in Iran,” Amanpour mentioned, alluding to the protests within the nation.
Amanpour mentioned she couldn’t conform to the situation and walked away from the interview, writing on Twitter it will have been “an important moment” for Raisi to talk as at the least eight deaths had been reported amid the protests.
She additional tweeted: “Protests are sweeping Iran & girls are burning their hijabs after the demise final week of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police”.
Human rights teams say at the least eight had been killed. Final night time, I deliberate to ask President Raisi about all this and way more.
“This was going to be President Raisi’s first ever interview on US soil, throughout his go to to NY for UNGA. After weeks of planning and eight hours of establishing translation gear, lights and cameras, we have been prepared. However no signal of President Raisi.
“40 minutes after the interview had been as a result of begin, an aide came to visit. The president, he mentioned, was suggesting I put on a scarf, as a result of it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar. I politely declined. We’re in New York, the place there isn’t a legislation or custom relating to headscarves. I identified that no earlier Iranian president has required this when I’ve interviewed them outdoors Iran.
“The aide made it clear that the interview wouldn’t occur if I didn’t put on a scarf. He mentioned it was “a matter of respect,” and referred to “the situation in Iran” – alluding to the protests sweeping the nation.
“Again, I said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition. 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.”
Iranian information company tweeted in @yashar: “The president of Iran demanded that @amanpour put on a scarf to interview him and she or he declined.
“As Christiane points out, no other Iranian President has demanded this of her outside of Iran. Here she is with the last two Iranian presidents in New York. No headscarf.”