La journaliste vedette de CNN Christiane Amanpour an affirmé jeudi avoir refusé de porter un voile pour une entrevue la veille à New York du président iranien Ebrahim Raïssi, ce qui a provoqué selon elle l’annulation du protest-à-face en plein mouvement in the country.
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According to the tweets of the head of CNN’s international antenna, the Iranian president’s advisor came to see her “40 minutes after the time the interview should have started,” to tell her that Ibrahim Raisi “suggested” her to wear the veil “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 wearing of the headscarf. I noted that no previous Iranian president had asked for it when I interviewed him outside of Iran.
According to this international number from CNN, the consultant explained to him that under these circumstances, the interview, which was scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings, will not take place.
“So we gave up. The interview did not take place. With the protests continuing in Iran and the killing of people, it was important to speak with President Raisi,” concluded Christiane Amanpour, who posted a photo of herself in front of an empty chair.
Protests, in which at least 17 people have been killed according to state media reports, have erupted in Iran since authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16. The morality police, which is responsible for enforcing the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, had arrested her for “wearing inappropriate clothes”.