Recently, doyen journalist Christiane Amanpour stated that an interview with Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian President was cancelled after he conditioned she wear a headscarf, where the focus of major protests in the cleric-run state.
Christiane, CNN’s chief international anchor who also has a show on US public broadcaster PBS stated that she was all prepared for an interview yesterday in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly when an aide insisted she cover her hairs.
She tweeted, “I politely declined. We are in New York, where there is no law or tradition regarding headscarves.” Christiane who is born to an Iranian father in Britain.
Moreover, she stated, “I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has required this when I have interviewed them outside Iran.said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition.”
Amanpour shared a picture of herself (without headscarf) sitting in front of an empty chair where Ebrahim Raisi would have been.
She further stated that an aide to Raisi informed her that he insisted on a headscarf because of “the current situation in Iran”.