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Iran president cancels interview with Amanpour after she refuses to put on scarf

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Veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour mentioned on Thursday that an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was scrapped after he insisted she put on a headband, the main focus of main protests within the cleric-run state.

Amanpour, the chief worldwide anchor of CNN who additionally has a present on US public broadcaster PBS, mentioned she was prepared for the interview Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly when an aide insisted she cowl her hair.

“I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves,” Amanpour, who was born in Britain to an Iranian father, wrote on Twitter.

“I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran,” she mentioned.

“I said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition.”

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She posted an image of herself — with no scarf — sitting in entrance of an empty chair the place Raisi would have been.

An aide to Raisi, a hardline cleric, instructed Amanpour that he was insisting on a headband due to “the situation in Iran,” she mentioned.

Iran has been swept by nearly per week of protests because the loss of life of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being arrested by morality police that implement the clerics’ rules on how girls costume.

A non-governmental group mentioned that at the least 31 Iranian civilians have been killed within the crackdown on the protests, wherein girls have been seen burning headscarves.

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