Iran’s Morality Police have arrested popular rapper Amir Tataloo.
Colonel Massoud Zahedian, Chief of the Morality Police, told ISNA that his unit is actively identifying and confronting Iranian underground musicians who produce their work inside Iran and distribute it on television satellite channels abroad.
Zahedian added that following the arrest, Amir Tataloo (real name: Amirhossein Maghsoodloo) is now in custody of the Iranian Judiciary. Amir Tataloo’s work is popular with young Iranians. He has more than 550,000 Facebook fans.
Mandatory government authorization
Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian musicians have needed government authorization in order to play their music, hold concerts, and produce music albums and videos.
It is illegal for musicians to perform without government authorization, and there have been numerous reports of arrests of Iranian musicians who have performed their music without a license. The arrests have taken place in recording studios, on underground stages, and even while no musical activities have been in progress.
See on www.iranhumanrights.org
See also on www.theguardian.com