Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, has cancelled an job interview in New York with the veteran CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour immediately after she refused to put on a headband at his ask for.
In a sequence of tweets, the main international anchor of CNN claimed that she had been scheduled to meet up with Raisi on the sidelines of the United Nations typical assembly, and had prepared to inquire him about different subjects, such as the outbreak of protests in Iran subsequent the demise in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested and overwhelmed by “morality police” for violating headband legal guidelines.
“This was likely to be President Raisi’s initial ever job interview on US soil, during his visit to NY for UNGA. Just after months of scheduling and eight several hours of location up translation machines, lights and cameras, we had been prepared. But no indicator of President Raisi,” Amanpour tweeted on Thursday.
Forty minutes just after the interview was scheduled to start off, an aide approached Amanpour and advised her that Raisi was “suggesting [she] put on a headband, for the reason that it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar”, she wrote.
Amanpour said she declined the ask for, explaining that “we are in New York, in which there is no law or tradition pertaining to headscarves”. She added that no other Iranian president has demanded that she don a scarf when she interviewed them exterior Iran.
Christiane Amanpour: ‘We are in New York, wherever there is no legislation or tradition about headscarves.’ Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian
“The aide built it obvious that the interview would not happen if I did not wear a headscarf. He explained it was ‘a issue of respect’, and referred to ‘the circumstance in Iran’ – alluding to the protests sweeping the country,” Amanpour claimed.
“Again, I reported that I couldn’t concur to this unprecedented and sudden situation.”
As a outcome, Amanpour and her staff walked away and the job interview did not just take put. A picture Amanpour posted at the conclude of her tweets confirmed her carrying a white match though sitting throughout from an vacant chair as she awaited the Iranian president, her hair uncovered.
And so we walked away. The interview did not happen. As protests keep on in Iran and people today are remaining killed, it would have been an vital instant to converse with President Raisi. 7/7 pic.twitter.com/kMFyQY99Zh
— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022
The British-Iranian journalist’s refusal to have on a headscarf was satisfied with widespread praise on the net.
“Good for @amanpour. The times in which Iranian officers demand woman reporters and officers to have on the hejab in get to get interviews and conferences really should be more than. Compelled hejab reflects an antiquated and intolerant ideology not a tradition,” tweeted Karim Sadjadpour, an Iranian-American coverage analyst at the Carnegie Endowment, a DC-based mostly thinktank.
The NPR radio host Esther Ciammachilli retweeted Amanpour’s photo, creating, “What they suggest when they say, ‘A picture is value a thousand terms.’ Christiane Amanpour’s integrity is totally intact.”
Bahman Kalbasi, the New York and UN correspondent for BBC’s Persian Company, echoed identical sentiments, tweeting: “Raisi does not present up to interview with CNN following Christiane Amanpour refuses to put on regime’s hijab. Iran regime’s president appears to be to imagine he can impose the hijab in NYC way too. #MahsaAmini.”
A protester in New York Metropolis holds a image of Mahsa Amini, who died in law enforcement custody in Iran. Photograph: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters
Raisi was frequently requested about Amini’s dying for the duration of a briefing with reporters on Thursday early morning which Iranian officials at first experimented with to confine to the issue of negotiations around Iran’s nuclear deal with the west.
Raisi recurring formal promises that Amini experienced died from a heart assault or stroke whilst in custody and mentioned comparable deaths in custody experienced occurred in the US and United kingdom.
At the very least 3 women of all ages who attended the briefing ended up not donning headscarves. Just one New York Periods reporter was barred from the briefing for reporting that Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was seriously sick.
In a assertion produced Thursday, a New York Moments spokesperson claimed: “Iranian condition media has reported reviews created by an official that a New York Times correspondent must ‘admit a mistake’ in her protection of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in order to go to a press meeting with President Raisi.”
“We stand by our reporting by Farnaz Fassihi on the health and fitness of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which was corroborated by senior resources. Iranian officers have been offered the prospect to comment on our tale and chose not to reply,” the spokesperson added.
At minimum 31 folks have died in six times of protests considering the fact that Amini’s death. Iranian girls have been taking to the streets and the net to burn off their headscarves and slice their hair.
“A legislation that tramples on human dignity isn’t a typical legislation,” said 1 female protester.