Iran: Lashes for loud music
“Playing any type of music loud in the vehicles is regarded as a crime and violators will be dealt by legal measures,” the agency quoted Hamedan province’s judiciary as saying in a statement.
The playing of loud music, particularly of the pop type, is frowned upon across the Islamic republic and often strictly controlled. But punishments usually amount to no more than a temporary confiscation of a car or a fine.
Western music has also been censored here since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The judiciary in Hamedan is considered particularly hardline. In 2002, a court there sentenced prominent dissident Hashem Aghajari to death for blasphemy after he said Muslims were not “monkeys” and should not “blindly follow” religious leaders. That death sentence has since been quashed by the Supreme Court in Tehran.