When she has to interview the Iranian president, this journalist refuses to wear the veil and the interview is canceled

Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-23 12:18:01

A star American television journalist refused to wear the veil to interview the Iranian president. Narrative.

This is an incident that is likely to make people talk!

This Thursday, September 22, the famous CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour said that she refused to wear a sail during an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, which would have led to the cancellation of the interview, according to her.

A far from trivial gesture as the Iran is currently facing a wave of protest following the death, in rather murky circumstances, of a young woman who had just been arrested by the very controversial morality police.

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Christiane Amanpour, famous American journalist, refuses to wear the veil to interview the Iranian president

Christiane Amanpour – from an Iranian family who left Iran following the 1979 Islamic revolution – explained on Twitter that a close adviser to Ebrahim Raïssi had contacted her “ 40 minutes after the time the interview should have started 'to tell him that the Iranian leader' suggested “that she wears a veil” because these are the holy months of Muharram and Safar ».

« I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding the wearing of headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president had demanded it when I interviewed him outside of Iran. “, thus told the journalist, who specified that the said adviser had indicated to him that the interview, planned on the sidelines of the General Assembly of United Nations , would therefore not take place following this refusal.

« So we gave up (…) As protests continue in Iran and people are killed, it would have been important to speak with President Raisi “, lamented Christiane Amanpour, sharing a photo of her sitting in front of the chair left vacant by the Iranian president.

As a reminder, demonstrations, during which 17 people lost their lives, shook Iran in recent days following the announcement of the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman arrested for “ wearing inappropriate clothing by the morality police, whose function is to enforce the dress code of the Islamic Republic.

Source: AFP