CNN interview canceled after Iran’s president refuses to wear a headscarf

‘Suspicious Death of Hijab’ Protest Ceremony? Reporter “Why do you cover your head when you are outside Iran?”

Amid nationwide protests over the death of a woman in her 20s after she was taken by police for not wearing a hijab in Iran, Iran’s president unilaterally canceled a scheduled interview with an American television reporter for similar reasons.

According to CNN on the 22nd (local time), its anchor and international reporter Christian Amanpour was supposed to have an interview with the President of Iran, Seyed Ebrahim Raish, in New York on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly the day before.

Amanpour is Iranian-American who grew up in Iran.

When Amanpour arrived at the interview site, an Iranian official told him that President Laishi had asked him to wear a headscarf, which Amanpour refused.

In the end, President Laishi did not appear at the interview site.

Reporter Amanpour, reporting in Iran, said that people wear headscarves to comply with local laws and customs.

But when interviewing Iranian officials outside of Iran, where such laws do not apply, you do not need to cover your head, he explained.

“I have never had such a request from any Iranian president here in New York or anywhere else in Iran,” he said. I didn’t get it,” he said.

“Because that is not a requirement, on my part, CNN, and female journalists, I very politely declined[cais yr Arlywydd Laishi],” he added.

Iran's president cancels CNN interview after refusing to wear headscarf

According to Iranian law, all women in Iran must cover their heads in public and wear loose, tight clothing.

The law came into force after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and is mandatory for all women visiting Iran, including tourists, politicians and journalists.

Amanpour said the interview would not have happened in the first place if she had said she would not wear a headscarf, an Iranian official said.

An Iranian official who presented President Raishi’s request referred to it as a ‘problem of respect’ considering that the day is a holy month like Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar.

In Iran, protests have erupted across the country after a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, was taken to death by the police for not wearing a hijab.

Iranian security authorities opened fire on protesters, killing 10 people, including a teenage boy, and more than 1,000 people were arrested.

Protests intensified, including women burning their hijabs, and as the protests spread to the capital, Tehran, authorities blocked internet access in major cities.

The White House condemned the incident as a “horrific affront to human rights,” and President Joe Biden said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly the day before, “The United States will stand with the brave women of Iran who are acting to protect basic human rights.” he did too

President Reich said the West had a double standard for human rights, saying it was not addressing the abuse of children in the United States and the exploitation of Native Canadians.

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