Iran: Prominent musician banned from traveling abroad

2 February 2015


The Iranian musician and composer Majid Derakhshani says authorities are preventing him from traveling abroad.

Majid Derakhshani told the Iranian daily Etemad on 5 January 2015 that security officials confiscated his passport at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport over the weekend while he was on his way to Dubai.

Derakhshani quoted the officials as saying he was banned from leaving the country. They did not give any explanation for the ban, but Derakhshani said he believes the presence of female solo singers on recent video clips of his ensemble, named Mah Banoo, is the reason behind the move.

» Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty – 5 January 2015:
Prominent Iranian Musician Banned From Traveling Abroad

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