CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour declined to wear a head scarf in front of Iran’s president, walking away from the interview amid ongoing hijab protests over the death of Mahsa Amini

Christiane Amanpour in Beverly Hills, California, on July 30, 2018.
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour walked away from a long-anticipated interview with Iran’s president.
The anchor “politely declined” to wear a head scarf since the interview took place on US soil.
Her decision follows a history of women journalists declining to wear the clothing for interviews.

CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour walked away from a rare and highly-anticipated interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday after she declined to wear a head scarf.

Amanpour’s decision came amid ongoing protests in Iran over the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after she was arrested on suspicion of breaking hijab rules.

—Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) September 22, 2022

On Twitter, Amanpour said that Raisi was late to the interview in New York and received a last-minute request to wear a head scarf from one of the president’s aides.

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