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Iran: 14 films banned since 2007

25 August 2015

Films continue to be banned in Iran. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has compiled a list of 14 films banned since 2007 in Iran. Other films may also have faced censorship issues but their makers have chosen to remain quiet, hoping to eventually get a screening permit. …

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Iran/Lebanon/Ukraine: Artists affected by conflicts

4 August 2015

When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, and between Israel and Lebanon as well as Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British …

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Iran/Lebanon: Artists affected by conflicts

4 August 2015

When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Israel and Lebanon as well as between Israel and Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British Muslim singer …

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Iran: Cartoonist convicted several years in prison for her art

16 June 2015

Iranian designer and cartoonist Atena Farghadani could face years in prison for having drawn an image depicting members of the Iranian parliament as monkeys and cows. On 19 May 2015, she was convicted to 12 years imprisonment (some sources say 14 years). She has appealed the verdict. Cartoonists around the …

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Iran: Call for the release of imprisoned writer and film producer

15 June 2015

Writer and film producer Mostafa Azizi was arrested on 1 February 2015 and convicted of national security-related offences by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran and sentenced to eight years in prison. PEN International is calling for his immediate and unconditional release. 52-year-old Iranian writer and film producer …

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Iran: Radical website calls for murder of musician

12 May 2015

On 1 May 2015, the ultra-conservative Iranian website Aba Shohada website announced a reward of approximately $155,000 for anyone who would blow up the concert venues of German-based Iranian musician Shahin Najafi. According to the US based organisation International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the threat is being addressed …

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Iran: Film about illegal dance company

7 April 2015

“A world behind closed doors”, the film ‘Desert Dancer’ tells the true story of Afhsin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie), an Iranian dancer who started his own underground dance company with his friends even though dancing was illegal at the time. “Dancing is forbidden. So if you are going to do it, …

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Iran: Film about singer who outwitted ban on women singing solo

17 March 2015

Nothing like it had been attempted in Iran for 35 years. The Iranian singer and composer Sara Najafi proposed hosting a concert in Tehran – “a festival of the female voice” featuring solo singers. “Since the 1979 revolution, women in Iran have been banned from singing solo. So what happened …

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Iran: Banned director wins Berlin film festival’s Golden Bear

16 February 2015

A film by dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi has won the Golden Bear, the Berlin Film Festival’s top prize. Jafar Panahi won the award for his Tehran road movie ‘Taxi’ in what critics described as a victory for freedom of speech and the art of cinematic storytelling. Jafar Panahi was …

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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 …

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