Iran Anti-Hijab Protests: Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s main international anchor, claimed that as she was getting ready for the Iranian President’s interview, his assistant asked that she cover her hair.
According to journalist Christiane Amanpour, an interview with Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi was cancelled when he asked that the seasoned anchor wear a headscarf, the subject of protracted demonstrations in Iran for the past week.
As CNN’s lead foreign anchor Christiane Amanpour was getting ready for the interview with the Iranian president, the president’s adviser asked that she conceal her hair.
“I respectfully declined. In New York, where there is neither a custom nor regulation prohibiting the wearing of a head scarf, “An Iranian-British journalist posted on Twitter.
She continued in a string of tweets, “I said that I couldn’t agree to this unprecedented and unexpected condition.
In addition to the tweets, Amanpour also shared a photo of herself sitting in front of an empty chair where Iranian President Raisi was meant to be for the interview while not wearing a hijab.
In the midst of widespread protests brought on by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, last week, who was detained by the controversial morality police in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” (not donning a hijab) and allegedly assaulted, Iran blocked access to Instagram and WhatsApp and imposed severe restrictions on internet access.
According to a non-governmental organisation, the brutal suppression of the protests has resulted in at least 31 deaths of Iranian civilians.