After the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who was about to be beaten by the police, the country was flooded with a wave of protests / Getty Images

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s longtime international correspondent, resigned from the interview with Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran. The journalist made such a decision after the politician demanded that she wear a scarf for the duration of the meeting. Its representatives emphasized that it was “a matter of respect”.

  • Massive protests continue in Iran following the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly detained and brutally beaten by local police for “improperly wearing hijab.” Iranian women cut their hair and burn their scarves.
  • Christiane Amanpour is one of the legends of journalism, specializing, inter alia, in in international conflicts. The reporter also has Iranian roots – her father comes from Iran, and she spent her childhood in the capital of the country – Tehran.
  • The Amanpour team stressed that such requirements of Iranian politicians were new, especially as the interview was to take place in New York.
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They made her wear a hijab. “This has never happened before”

Christiane Amanpour’s team decided to cancel an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi after he asked her to wear a hijab for an interview in New York. The journalist pointed out that none of the previous presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran (because that is the full name of the state) had made such demands before.

Raisi’s advisers explained that the request for the headscarf was the result of “the current situation in Iran” – a current wave of violent protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was to be arrested by the police and beaten to death for “improperly wearing hijab”.

After the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who was about to be beaten by the police, the country was flooded with a wave of protests / Getty Images

Photo: Anadolu Agency / Contributor / Getty Images

Officers were supposed to beat a 22-year-old woman with a truncheon all over her body and then hit her head against a car. Iranian police officials say there is no evidence of “mistreatment of the detainee” and that Amini was simply to suffer “sudden cardiac arrest”. At least 17 people have been killed so far in the protests brutally suppressed by the Iranian government, which have lasted more than a week.

“There is no law or tradition in New York regarding headscarves”

The conversation with Amanpour was supposed to be Raisi’s first interview in the US. It was canceled suddenly. According to “BBC”, Amanpour was ready to meet, while one of the president’s assistants began to insist that she should cover her hair at the request of the politician.

“We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding scarves” – the journalist replied, which she then described on her Twitter and Instagram. In this situation, the president’s adviser hinted that in this case the interview would not take place at all, as the hijab on her head was “a matter of respect”. So the Amanpour team decided not to talk, calling the conditions placed on them “unprecedented” and “unexpected”.

The journalist later posted a photo of her sitting in front of an empty chair for Raisi to be seated. He is not wearing a hijab.

Source: Ofeminin

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