In a letter to Ali Jannati , Minister of Guidance (responsible for press and arts censorship) a group of Iranian musicians called for an end to repression of musicians in Iran.

In this letter , posted on December 17 on Iranian sites, they write: ” The independent music community has witnessed an upsurge in security measures The recent arrests are only the tip of the iceberg”.

” While in his campaign Hassan Rouhani promised change and open society , the requirement of a license to produce music should no longer be necessary. Moreover, it was hoped that women, who represent the half of society can actively return to the world of music. Unfortunately, not only there was no change , but it proved that music fans have found themselves in prison or in centers detention ” , they said.

” Young people who had been engaged with their own resources and energies to promote music, imprisoned for two months instead of being encouraged.”

Finally, the group of musicians has demanded the release of all artists arrested in recent months .

According misogynist laws of mullahs , women are not allowed to sing in public , or musical instruments shown on television.