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What Drove Violations

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: WHAT DROVE VIOLATIONS The following section of the Art under Threat in 2016 report explores the issues and tendencies that drove governments and other groups to limit artistic expression. TABLE OF CONTENTS * Click on the following titles to be taken to that part of …

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Iran

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: IRAN SERIOUS VIOLATIONS: 30 ACTS OF CENSORSHIP: 9 Iran continues to intimidate, persecute, imprison and ban artists, cultural producers and publishers, bringing it up from the second country with the most serious violations in 2015 to first in 2016. In 2016, Freemuse registered 30 serious …

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Iran: Writer temporarily released on bail

10 January 2017

Revolutionary Guards re-arrested Iranian writer Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee while on her way to visit her hospitalised husband.

Iranian writer and human rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was temporarily released from prison on bail on 3 January 2017, reported Amnesty International. She had been in prison since 24 October 2016 to serve a six-year sentence for writing an unpublished story about the practice of stoning as punishment in …

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Iran: Two artists arrested, released on bail

9 January 2017

Security forces arrested poet and actor Raouf Delfi and actor Sayed Hasan Mousavi (also known as Sayed Blood) in Abadan, in western Iran, on 13 December 2016. At the time of arrest the location of their detention was unknown, as well as their charges, reported PEN International on 22 December …

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Mahsa: Cantata for a forbidden voice in four movements

19 December 2016

  In a country where public performances by women are forbidden, the internationally acclaimed Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat struggles to make her voice heard. She is an optimist, and remains hopeful that one day things will change. Directed by Kiarash AnvariLanguage: English and Persian. English subtitles. 16 minutes Iran. 2013 …

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Back Vocal (Seday-e Dovom)

19 December 2016

    Back Vocal  (Seday-e Dovom) About women singers in Tehran who defy Iran’s law forbidding women to perform solo Directed by Iranian film director Mojtaba Mirtahmasb Language: Persian. English subtitles. 40 minutes Iran. 2004 Read more…  

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At the end of a perfect day

19 December 2016

    At the end of a perfect day   About the punk band Quartet in Iran. Young film maker Mina Keshavarz tailed the band for a whole year. The film shows how the band gets into trouble with the Iranian law enforcers Directed by Mina Keshavarz and Kamran Heidari Farsi spoken, …

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Iran: Imprisoned musician’s health deteriorating

5 December 2016

Imprisoned Iranian musician and music distributor Mehdi Rajabian communicated via social media on 3 December 2016 that his health condition continues to worsen, despite him being granted a four-day furlough for medical treatment. In his Instagram post from 3 December, Mehdi said: They want me to go back to Prison …

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