Weeks of planning for an empty chair: Because the US journalist Christiane Amanpour refuses to wear a headscarf during an interview in New York, Ebrahim Raisi does not want to speak to her.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi did not go to an interview during his visit to New York because a CNN journalist did not want to wear a headscarf. “After weeks of planning and eight hours of setting up translation equipment, lights and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi,” wrote journalist Christiane Amanpour on Twitter.
“40 minutes after the scheduled start of the conversation, an adviser approached me. The President, he said, suggested that I wear a headscarf,” Amanpour continued. “I politely declined. We are in New York, which has no laws or traditions regarding headscarves. I pointed out that no previous Iranian president has requested it when I have interviewed him outside of Iran.”
President Raisi has traveled to the United States for the first time since he took office. There he spoke on Wednesday before the UN General Assembly.
In Iran, numerous people are currently taking to the streets after the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini. She was arrested by the Morality Police just over a week ago for violating the strict Islamic dress code. What exactly happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear. Anyway, she went into a coma and died in a hospital on Friday. Critics accuse the morality police of using violence. The police deny the allegations.