Iran Bans North American music on airwaves

Published: 2005-12-20
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western music from playing on any radio or television stations in the country.

According to the Associated Press artists like Eric Clapton, the Eagles and Kenny G are played regularly on Iranian media but that will all be coming to an end.

The Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council said on December 19 that it will take action, "Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required," says the Council's website. No actual reason was given for the block, just that they wanted the music to stop. I wonder how we would react to all our music being cut? (an end to Brit pop? I don't think so!)

The decree actually goes back to the beginning of the Iranian revolution in 1979 but was slowly loosened as years went by. But the new president is reenacting the ban. Currently Western music and films are widely available in Iran but the country has up to six months to implement this new decree.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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