Iran: Rapper arrested in Mashhad

17 December 2014

Underground rap singer Hossein Eblis was arrested in Mashhad on 15 December 2014. Security forces confiscated several of his musical instruments and sound equipment, reported IranWire, quoting Khorasan Newspaper. According to a police report, Hossein Eblis, 27, frequently mocked the language of authorities in his songs, many of which contain …

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Iran: 20-year-old musician’s reality check: oppression persists

15 December 2014

“Rights for musicians are extremely weak in Iran”, wrote Tooka Zokaie, a 20-year-old Iranian-American piano teacher and speech coach who travelled to Iran and unintentionally broke the law: “When I went to Iran this summer, almost everything I participated in related to music was illegal. I played piano to male …

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PEN International: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

6 November 2014

15 November 2014 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. PEN International launched the first Day of the Imprisoned Writer in 1981, with the aim of focusing much-needed global attention on imprisoned, murdered or otherwise harassed writers. Since then, the Day of the Imprisoned Writer has …

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Iran: Security forces shut down poet’s commemoration

28 July 2014

The fourteenth commemoration ceremony for the passing of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo was interrupted by Islamic Republic security forces. HRANA reports that the ceremony was organised by Iran’s Writers’ Association and was held on Thursday 25 July 2014. Source:

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Iran: Female musicians banned from stage in Isfahan

12 June 2014

Female musicians are not allowed to go onstage and give live performances in Isfahan. Mohammad Qotbi, the head of the Isfahan Culture and Guidance administration and also a member of the clergy, compared music bands to the national football team, saying that just as there are substitutes for players on …

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Iran: Producer of ‘Happy’ dancing video remains under arrest

28 May 2014

Sasan Soleymani, who produced the video of Iranian youth in Tehran dancing to the Pharrell Williams song ‘Happy’, remains in custody in Rejai Shahr Prison, even though all six people who appeared in the video have been released on bail. » See on » And on Related post on …

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Iran: Arrested for dancing in ‘Happy’ video

23 May 2014

Six young Iranians were arrested for recording Tehran version of Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy’. They have since been released again. The video was published on on 20 May 2014. Age: 25 Crime: Happiness About a month ago, six Iranian boys and girls (seen in this video) danced to the famous …

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Iran: Censored writer publish novel on Facebook

21 May 2014

After trying and failing for years to obtain a publishing license for his novel, Iranian writer and journalist Mohammad Motlagh finally had enough. Instead of taking the Culture Ministry’s no for answer, on April 28, Motlagh began posting his novel – one chapter at a time – on Facebook. In …

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