Iraq: Boy beheaded for listening to Western music

22 February 2016


According to ARA News, Islamic State militants publicly executed a 15-year-old boy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on 16 February 2016 for listening to “Western music”.

A spokesman for the Ninevah media centre told the news outlet that the boy, Ayham Hussein, was caught listening to pop music in his father’s grocery store when the militants arrested him. The incident allegedly sparked outrage from local residents. An anonymous source said there was “no formal decision by the Sharia Court” to ban listening to Western music.

In late January 2016, a 14-year-old was reportedly beheaded on similar charges, according to The Independent.

This serious incident and violation of artistic freedom has only been reported by ARA News, which has been used as the main source for dozens of stories appearing in media globally. Freemuse has not been able to independently verify this incident.


» The Independent – 18 February 2016:
ISIS ‘beheads teenage boys for listening to pop music and missing Friday prayers’

» ARA News – 17 February 2016:
ISIS extremists publicly behead Iraqi teenager for ‘listening to western music’

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