CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour said on Thursday that she refused to wear a veil to interview the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, in New York, which caused, according to her, the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting with the Iranian head of state, reports AFP , quoted by Agerpres.
According to the Twitter messages of the head of the international section of CNN, an adviser to the Iranian president came to see her “40 minutes after the time the interview was supposed to start”, to say that Ebrahim Raisi was “suggesting” that the journalist wear a veil, “since they are the holy months of Mouharram and Safar”.
Amanpour refused to comply with the request, and the Iranian adviser explained to him that under these conditions the interview, which was to take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, would not take place.
“The interview did not take place. In the context where the demonstrations continue in Iran and people are killed, it would have been important to talk to President Raisi”, concluded Christiane Amanpour, who posted a photo of her in front of an empty armchair.
Over the past week, Iranians have taken to the streets in several cities across the country to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman, who died while in police custody, who detained her because her clothing did not fully comply with Islamic norms. . The demonstrations left 17 dead, according to the Iranian government, but the Oslo-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights (IHR) said at least 31 civilians had been killed in the past six days.
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