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Iran’s President abandons CNN interview after Amanpour declines head scarf demand – EAST AUTO NEWS

Iran’s President abandons CNN interview after Amanpour declines head scarf demand


Some 40 minutes after the interview was scheduled resulting from begin and with Raisi operating late, an aide advised Amanpour the president had steered that she put on a head scarf. Amanpour stated that she “politely declined.”

Amanpour, who grew up within the Iranian capital Tehran and is a fluent Farsi speaker, stated that she wears a head scarf whereas reporting in Iran to adjust to the native legal guidelines and customs, “in any other case you could not function as a journalist.” However she stated that she wouldn’t cowl her head to conduct an interview with an Iranian official exterior a rustic the place it’s not required.

“Right here in New York, or wherever else exterior of Iran, I’ve by no means been requested by any Iranian president — and I’ve interviewed each single one in every of them since 1995 — both inside or exterior of Iran, by no means been requested to put on a head scarf,” she stated on CNN’s “New Day” program Thursday.

“I very politely declined on behalf of myself and CNN, and feminine journalists in all places as a result of it’s not a requirement.”

Iranian legislation requires all ladies to put on a head protecting and loose-fitting clothes in public. The rule has been enforced in Iran for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution, and it’s compulsory for each lady within the nation — together with vacationers, visiting political figures and journalists.

Amanpour stated that Raisi’s aide made clear that the interview — which might have been the Iranian president’s first on American soil — wouldn’t occur if she didn’t put on a head scarf. He referred to it as “a matter of respect,” given that it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar, and referred to “the scenario in Iran,” alluding to the protests sweeping the nation, she added.

Anti-government protests erupted throughout Iran final week over the loss of life of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini whereas in custody, after having been arrested by Iran’s morality police on an accusation of violating the legislation on head scarves.
1000’s of individuals have taken to streets, with some ladies reducing their hair and burning their hijabs in protest in opposition to the legislation. Human rights teams have reported that not less than eight individuals have been killed within the demonstrations, which have been met with a pointy crackdown by authorities, in line with witnesses and movies shared on social media.

The demonstrations look like probably the most large-scale shows of defiance in opposition to the Islamic Republic’s rule, one which has grow to be extra stringent for the reason that election of Raisi’s hard-line authorities final yr. After eight years of Hassan Rouhani’s average administration, Iran elected Raisi, an ultra-conservative judiciary chief whose views are in keeping with the pondering of the nation’s highly effective clergy and Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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