On 10 March 2021, Iranian security forces arrested Iranian music producers and brothers Mohsen and Behrouz Manouchehri in relation to Iranian pop singer Sasy’s (real name Sasan Heidari Yafteh) new music video featuring an American adult film actress, reported Al Jazeera.
“Arresting music producers Mohsen and Behrouz Manouchehri for producing this music video violates their right to freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the ICCPR,” said Emily D’Alterio, Freemuse Communications Manager. “We urge Iranian authorities to release Mohsen and Behrouz immediately and to drop any charges that may be brought against them.”
The arrests occurred during the raid on the music producers’ studio and is related to their work on the new music video Tehran Tokyo by Sasy, featuring, amongst others, American adult film actress Alexis Texas. Her presence resulted in online pushback, claiming that the video could encourage younger viewers to partake in pornography and the adult film industry.
Sasy is a permanent resident of the USA currently based in California after he left Iran in 2009. According to the Fars news agency report, Iranian authorities have pledged to “pursue his case with international legal authorities”.
According to Al-Monitor, Rubik, an Iranian app, is also being investigated for publishing the video on its channels.
The State of Artistic Freedom 2021 shows that eight artists are known to be imprisoned in Iran in 2020.
Freemuse calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately release Mohsen and Behrouz Manouchehri from detention and drop any charges that may be brought against them.