Iran: Musical instruments still not allowed on Iranian tv


Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting blurred the musicians playing instruments, reported on 12 February 2016.

Families around Iran were told they were in for a treat: Iran’s state tv announced it would broadcast a concert by the popular Iranian singer Salar Aghili. But when it came to the event, very little of the concert was actually visible. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) came to the conclusion that parts of the concert did not quite live up to Islamic norms and standards, so, in response, they blurred the musicians playing instruments on stage.

IRIB was acting within its guidelines. Musical instruments have been banned on Iranian state television for more than three decades, and the state broadcaster also has a history of banning popular musicians on television, wrote, commenting that the recent incident revealed “the absurdity of music censorship in Iran.”

Salar Aghili, who appears on the image above, was threatened with censorship recently, reported:

State television and Iran’s prestigious Fajr International Music Festival warned him in the beginning of February 2016 that he might be banned because he had appeared in a television show on Manoto TV, a Persian-language satellite channel based outside Iran. However, the ban was lifted after Aghili apologised for his “wrongdoing”.

Photo on top of this page: Courtesy of the Iranian website Parsine


» Journalism Is Not A Crime – 24 February 2016:
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» Journalism Is Not A Crime – 12 February 2016:
Musical Instruments are a Crime on Iranian TV

Earlier on this topic

» Freemuse – 6 February 2014:
Iran: Unusual sight of musical instruments on state tv

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