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Iran: Petition in support of 26 year-old Iranian musician

13 October 2010

On 1 October 2010, an online petition in support of Iranian singer Arya Aramnejad was started. After the first two weeks, over 800 people had signed the petition. The 26 year-old musician was imprisoned and held in solitary confinement for singing his famous song ‘Ali Barkhir’ (‘O Ali raise up’) …

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Mahsa Vahdat

2 September 2010

Singer Mahsa Vahdat from Iran talks about the religious ban on women singing in her country.   Mahsa Vahdat, born in Tehran in 1973, was awarded with the 2010 Freemuse Award at a ceremony in London on 25 March 2010. She is strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and …

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Iran: Supreme leader discourages music

4 August 2010

Music is ‘not compatible’ with the values of the Islamic Republic, announced Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on 2 August 2010. While the Ayatollah acknowledged that music is ‘halal’ (lawful) he emphasized it was not in tune with the finest religious principles of the Islamic Republic, reported the British newspaper …

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Iran: No teaching of music in private schools

7 June 2010

Teaching music in state schools is already prohibited in Iran. Now, the music ban also applies to Iran’s 16,000 private schools where 1.1 million students no longer are allowed to use any musical instruments, including those played in traditional Iranian music. This was reported in an article published by Bloomberg, …

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Iran: Authorities warn about punishments for playing banned music in taxis

31 May 2010

If taxi drivers play banned music in their taxis, it could lead to cancellation of their taxi permit and confiscation of their cars, warned a government official. This was reported to Radio Free Europe by Golnaz Esfandiari. Rasul Abbasi, the director-general for transportation and traffic coordination of Iran’s municipalities, told …

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Iran: 80 young people arrested at illegal concert

10 May 2010

Iranian police detained 80 young men and women for “lustful pleasure-seeking” activities at an illegal concert, Tehran’s chief prosecutor was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying.     Public prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted in the Kayhan newspaper on 7 May 2010 as saying that moral security police …

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Iran: Music from ‘below the radar’ distributed on free CD

5 May 2010

From a country where music is sometimes considered a crime, a compilation of underground rock, hip-hop and heavy metal music, compiled by the music centre Bar-Ax, was published as a free bonus-CD with the April-May 2010 issue of the British music magazine Songlines, no. 67.   The album ‘features brave musicians from …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

22 March 2010

Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and Ferhat Tunç from Turkey are well-known to many Freemuse associates. They are strong defenders of freedom of musical expression and well-known to audiences in Europe, where their music – unlike in their home countries – can be performed without restrictions. The Award Committee stated: “Mahsa …

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Iran: Concert banned because of presence of women musicians

24 February 2010

  Iranian authorities have cancelled a concert of traditional Iranian singer Homayoun Shajarian because two members of the band are women, the ISNA news agency reported. Homayoun Shajarian is the son of Mohammad Reza Shajarian – a legendary singer in Iran. Homayou has performed with his ensemble in several cities …

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Iran: More than 20 musicians banned from radio

30 November 2009

Sources Iran Human Rights Voice – 21 November 2009: ‘Broadcasting Certain Singers and Music Banned from Radio’       Government-owned radio stations in Iran have been ordered to stop broadcasting certain singers’ music and certain songs, reported Ilna and Iran Human Rights Voice. The censorship list is reported to …

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