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Iran Arrests Eight Over 'Obscene' Music Videos


Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to address a crowd in Tehran, April 27, 2016

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to address a crowd in Tehran, April 27, 2016

Iranian authorities have arrested eight people involved in allegedly producing "obscene" music videos.

Mizan Online, a news agency controlled by Iran's powerful judiciary, quoted Tehran prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on May 28 as saying that the eight were arrested last week in Tehran. They were not identified by name.

He said the videos were "broadcast on a famous anti-revolutionary television channel," an apparent reference to a foreign-based channel in Persian. Dozens of Persian-language television channels, all based outside Iran, are broadcast on satellite.

Dowlatabadi said a special court for media and culture will review the case and consider raising charges against the eight.

There were no details on the content of the videos. In Iran, it is considered "obscene" and un-Islamic if a woman is filmed singing without a headscarf or together with a man.

The arrests come only days after more than 30 students who partied at a graduation ceremony in northern Iran were arrested and given 99 lashes each for violating the Islamic republic's morality code.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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