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Strong Iranian protests prompt President Raisi to postpone his first interview on US territory

NewsDesk, Sept 23– A US journalist’s interview with the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, was cancelled on Thursday because she refused to cover her head. This occurs amid large demonstrations in Iran that started after a woman named Mahsa Amini passed away while being held by the police for disobeying the hijab law.

The journalist’s refusal to wear the hijab caused the interview with the Iranian president conducted by CNN’s Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour to be suddenly cancelled . Amanpour said on Twitter that the interview was cancelled when she refused to wear a headscarf despite being requested to do so.

The anchor said in a series of tweets that she intended to talk about a variety of subjects, including the rising number of protests in Iran, including multiple instances in which women are burning their hijabs in opposition to the death of Mahsa Amini while in police custody.

“During his visit to New York for the UNGA, President Raisi was scheduled to conduct his first interview ever on American territory. We were prepared after several weeks of preparation and eight hours of setting up the translation technology, lighting, and cameras. But there was no evidence of President Raisi “, in a tweet, Amanpour uses quotes.

The interview with Raisi was postponed after the female journalist waited for her arrival for 40 minutes. An assistant arrived 40 minutes after the scheduled start time of the interview. He claimed that the president had advised covering her hair because it was the holy month of Muharram and Safar.

” I respectfully declined. We’re in New York, where there is neither a custom nor a law governing head scarves. When I spoke with them outside of Iran, I emphasized that no prior Iranian president had demanded this “. Amanpour made this comment while posting a photo of herself sitting in front of an empty chair without a headscarf.

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