Iran: Rock band tells its story of censorship and imprisonment

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Iran:
Rock band tells its story of censorship and imprisonment

The indie-rock band Font were imprisoned in Iran merely for performing their style of music. The band is currently in London on six month artist’ visas.

In August 2007, the members of the rock band Font were thrown into prison for 21 days after police swooped on an underground concert at which they were performing in Karaj, near Tehran.

Now, in a dramatic turn-around in their fortunes, Font have won Britain’s first-ever Immigrant Song Contest, organised and televised by the BBC 2 TV channel’s daily current affairs program Newsnight. Font’s five members entered the contest while living in London on six-month artists’ visas.



Sources

Saudi Gazette – 18 May 2009:

‘From a Tehran jail to victory in British ‘song contest”

The Independent – 14 May 2009:

‘Underground to big screen – via music, jail and love’

BBC Newsnight – 11 May 2009:

‘Iranians imprisoned for playing indie rock’  — a three minutes tv report on Newsnight


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