Iranian president cancels interview; journalist did not cover her head with a veil

Mexico City.- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi canceled an interview because the journalist he was to meet did not cover her head with a veil. The protagonist of the incident is Christiane Amanpour, who through her personal social networks released the news.

The CNN communicator commented that they had already arranged an interview with the president of Iran, this while he was in New York, United States, due to his participation in the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Christiane commented that she spent weeks planning the meeting and many hours setting up the set so that in the end there was no sign of the leader.

“After weeks of planning and eight hours of installing translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi“, declared the journalist.

Later, more was known about how the events occurred and that is that according to the chain, just 40 minutes after the interview began, the assistant to the president of Iran approached the journalist’s team and suggested that the women should wear a scarf in their head “because they are the holy months of Muharram and Safar”. However, Amanpour rejected the request, arguing that “we are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding the use of headscarves.”

Raisi’s response was that he would not conduct the interview with the journalist if she did not cover her head, to which he replied that “he could not agree to this unexpected and unprecedented condition”, the leader canceling the meeting. In networks, the communicator shared a photograph of herself sitting alone where her talk would be.

Amanpour wanted to interview the Iranian president due to the protests that broke out after the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who allegedly died at the hands of the police who beat her for wearing her head veil wrong.

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