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hijab: US journalist denied interview with Iranian president for not wearing hijab

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday canceled a scheduled interview with an American journalist because she refused to wear a hijab to communicate.

This comes amid mass protests in Iran that escalated after the death of a woman detained by police for violating hijab laws.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s interview with CNN’s top international anchor Christiana Amanpour was abruptly canceled after the journalist refused to wear the hijab.

On Twitter, Amanpour said she was offered to wear the hijab, but after her refusal, the interview was cancelled.

In a series of tweets, the host revealed that she plans to discuss the demonstrations that are springing up in Iran, including the many incidents of women burning their hijabs to protest the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody, among other topics.

“This was to be President Raisi’s first interview on US soil during his visit to New York for the UNGA. After several weeks of planning and eight hours of installation of translation equipment, lighting and cameras, we were ready. But no sign of President Raisi. “Amanpour wrote on Twitter.

She waited 40 minutes for the president to come in for an interview, but it was cancelled.

“40 minutes after the interview was supposed to start, an assistant came over. The President, he said, suggested that I wear a hijab because these are the holy months of Muharram and Safar. I politely declined. We are in New York where there is no law or tradition regarding the hijab. I pointed out that no previous president of Iran required this when interviewing them outside of Iran,” Amanpour said, posting a photo of herself without the hijab, sitting in front of an empty chair.

After Amanpour repeatedly refused to wear the hijab, the interview was eventually cancelled.

“So we left. The interview did not take place. As protests continue and people die in Iran, it would be important to speak with President Raisi,” she tweeted.

Ongoing protests in Iran intensified, with protesters throwing stones at security officials on Wednesday.

Protesters burned cars and chanted anti-government slogans as Iran continued its crackdown on strict dress codes for women.

Citing Iranian state media, CBS reported that on Wednesday, police fired tear gas and arrested a crowd of up to 1,000 people as street rallies spread to 15 cities.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, UN experts sharply condemned the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

In a press statement, the UN Human Rights Office said experts also condemned the violence against peaceful demonstrators and human rights activists demanding responsibility for Amini’s death in cities across the country by Iranian security forces.

They called on the Iranian authorities to avoid further unnecessary violence and to immediately cease the use of deadly force while guarding peaceful assemblies.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Amini. She is another victim of persistent repression and systematic discrimination against women in Iran, as well as the imposition of discriminatory dress codes that deprive women of bodily autonomy and freedom of opinion, expression and belief.” experts said.

According to Al Jazeera, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was visiting Tehran with her family when she was detained by a special police unit. During the detention, after some time she had a heart attack, and with the assistance of emergency services, she was immediately taken to the hospital.

“Unfortunately, she died and her body was taken to the medical examiner’s office,” state television reported on Friday, Al Jazeera reported. The announcement came a day after Tehran police confirmed that Amini had been detained along with other women for “briefing” about the rules.

Following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, several female protesters cut their hair and burned their headscarves to protest the mandatory veiling of women.

After the incident sparked anger on social media, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered the interior minister to launch an investigation into the case.

Amini’s death comes amid growing controversy both inside and outside of Iran over the conduct of the vice police, officially known as the Gasht-e Ershad (Guide Patrol). The mandatory dress code, which applies to all ethnicities and religions, not just Iranian Muslims, requires women to cover their hair and neck with a headscarf, Al Jazeera reported.

Over the decades, women have increasingly stepped back, especially in the big cities, wearing headscarves far back to expose their hair.



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