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Iran: tortured filmmakers and musicians face jail

Feb 24
Iranian band arrested for playing metal music
Iranian band arrested for playing metal music

By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Detention sentences for artists in Iran have increased sharply since the nuclear deal. Security and intelligence forces of the Iranian regime are running a wave of arrest of filmmakers, musicians, poets and cartoonist, charging them for “propaganda against the State”. According to Amnesty International on February 23, Iranian filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi have each been sentenced to six years in prison, in connection with their artistic work.

On February 22, the Associated Press reported arrest of Keywan Karimi, sentenced to a year in prison and 223 lashes for ‘insulting sanctities’ by the Iranian regime’s appeal court.

Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, two members of “confess” group were arrested on November 10, 2015, according to HRANA News agency. The Iranian right group reported that the Revolutionary Guard intelligence agents have detained two members of a metal music band for three months. They have faced charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “blasphemy” due to their artistic activities.

The security and judicial authorities of the Iranian regime have desperately revealed their fear from the deep hatred among the Iranian people, particularly the youths, accusing their art as ‘promoting Satanism'. While the Iranian regime tries to crackdown on the freedom of expression, the wild passion to freedom drives the youth to speak out further against the Iranian regime in form of art and music.

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