60 Minutes Reporter Under Fire for Wearing Hijab During Raisi Interview

Published September 20th, 2022 - 10:25 GMT
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A screenshot from 60 Minutes' interview with the Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi. (Twitter/ @60Minutes)

While Iranians are protesting against the Islamic Republic's harsh restrictions against women which consequently led to the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police's custody last Friday, 60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl is under fire for wearing Hijab 'headscarf' during the interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Iranian President Raisi appeared in an interview with 60 Minutes at the presidential compound in Tehran on Tuesday for his first interview with a western reporter on Sunday night, days before the president's official visit to the United States to attend the 77th session of the UN General Assembly which is taking place today September 20th, 2022.

Massive protests have erupted across Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was arrested by the morality police days ago for the improper wearing of the hijab. According to eyewitnesses, she was brutally attacked in the back of a police van causing her death after spending days in a coma.

Women's rights advocates and protesters strongly slammed Iranian laws that led to the death of Mahsa Amini while chanting the slogan 'death to the dictator'. Other women have removed their Hijabs on the streets and burned them to show support for the rallies against Iranian authorities' restrictions which deprives women of their simplest rights.

Other women decided to protest in their own way as they started a campaign where they appear in videos cutting their hair to denounce the hijab's compulsory regulations which are imposed by the Iranian government.

Hashtags, including #Mahsa_Amini, #JusticeForMahsa and #مهسا_امینی, have accompanied videos and photos released from the violent protests in Iran to show support for Mahsa Amini who was killed at the hand of the morality police for wearing the hijab in the wrong way.

Iranian forces were also deployed across the country to depress the protesters using water cannons and live fire. A video of a 10-year-old girl in Boukan was widely shared online showing the little girl in the hospital after being injured by anti-riot police during mass protests. 

German Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance shared a tweet commenting on Mahsa's death: "The death of #Mahsa_Amini makes me sad and furious. Especially because violence and repression are an everyday reality for women in #Iran . It is absolutely essential that the death of #MahsaAmini is investigated properly. We grieve with Mahsa’s family and loved ones."

Ebrahim Raisi's office said the Iranian president requested to open an investigation following the death of a young woman Mahsa Amini.

Furthermore, the Iranian leader's interview was criticised also by the crew of 60 Minutes, as they said that one of Raisi's staff members blocked one of the cameramen from filming Lesley Stahl’s goodbyes. He also allegedly took the cameraman's phone for around 3 hours.

60 Minutes is an American television news magazine broadcast on the CBS television network.

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