Iran’s President Pulls Out of CNN Interview After Anchor Refuses Headscarf Demand

CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour has interviewed several Iranian presidents, none of which reportedly asked her to wear a headscarf.

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CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi pulled out of an interview with her after she declined his request to wear a headscarf.

Amanpour was waiting for 40 minutes after the interview's scheduled start time before an aide came over. “The president, he said, was suggesting I wear a headscarf, because it’s the holy months of Muharram and Safar,” she wrote on social media. “The aide made it clear that the interview would not happen if I did not wear a headscarf.”

Amanpour, who grew up in Tehran, wears a headscarf while reporting in Iran to comply with laws and customs there. However, she has interviewed several Iranian presidents outside of the country, none of which reportedly asked her to wear a headscarf. Amanpour declined the suggestion and ultimately walked away from the interview.

The news comes as widespread protests take place in Iran and internationally over the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman was arrested on Sept 13 by morality police in Tehran for allegedly wearing a loose hijab; she died in police custody on Sept 16. At least 26 people have died during the protests, according to state TV.