fundamentalist regime has arrested eight people for producing music videos, the regime’s prosecutor general in Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, told the judiciary’s news agency Mizan Online on Saturday.
“Eight people producing obscene music videos, whose clips were broadcast on a famous anti-revolutionary television channel, were arrested in Tehran last week,” he said.
He claimed that their charges will be reviewed by the special court of culture and media.
The arrests come only days after 35 students who partied at a graduation ceremony in northern Iran were arrested and given 99 lashes each for violating the regime’s so-called morality code.
On May 16, the regime announced the arrest of eight people for working in “un-Islamic” online modelling networks, particularly on the photosharing app Instagram.
The head of the regime’s police in Tehran announced in April the recruitment of 7,000 plainclothes police in the capital to fight against so-called improper veiling by women.
The plainclothes agents are also responsible for monitoring “noise, harassment of women and women’s lack of Islamic veil inside cars,” he said.
Commenting on the Iranian regime’s recent crackdown in society, Ali Safavi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:
“This new wave of floggings and arrests are part of a wider crackdown by the Iranian regime at home, targeting in particular the youths and women. It clearly indicates the regime’s paranoia in the face of the Iranian people’s growing popular indignation. More than three years into Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, not even one of his promises have panned out, first and foremost domestically. Moderation by Rouhani is as farfetched as one could imagine.”
The mullahs’ regime has also launched a new clampdown on Iranians in the capital watching satellite television, banned by the fundamentalist authorities.
The regime’s suppressive state security forces last week carried out a swoop of districts in eastern Tehran, taking down satellite dishes from rooftops.
The regime has been working hard to block Iranians’ access to satellite television stations by jamming signals. It aims to prevent the Iranian people from becoming privy to its egregious and nefarious conduct inside and outside of Iran or to be informed of anti-government protest, strikes and other activities by the Iranian Resistance.
Last July, an Iranian cleric Mullah Mir Ahmadi told Iranian state television: “Satellite television is more dangerous than an atomic bomb.”
He claimed that that satellite channels are destroying the way people think, and he urged the regime’s officials to launch new satellite channels propagating the regime’s stances to combat the influence of anti-regime satellite channels.
Despite regular crackdowns on satellite viewers, producers and distributors, regime officials have admitted that increasing numbers of Iranians are watching satellite television channels in Iran.
The head of cultural affairs in the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on January 29, 2015 that over 60 percent of Iranians watch satellite television channels.
Senior officials of the regime have admitted that 40 percent of Iranian families have access to major opposition satellite channel Simaye Azadi.
Operating from Europe, prominent non-profit 24/7 Iranian opposition channel Simaye Azadi, or ‘Iran National Television’ (INTV), broadcasts news and information to Iranians around the world via satellite and the internet.
The regime has stepped up internet censorship, blocking around five million websites dedicated to arts, social issues and news and filtering the contents of blogs and social media. It also tracks down and arrests many online activists inside Iran. Many have therefore turned to INTV as a means of obtaining real information without being traced.
INTV has played a unique role in breaking the mullahs’ censorship and providing the Iranian people with uncensored news and flow of information.
It is banned in Iran for reports that expose the violation of human rights perpetuated by the mullahs and for raising awareness among millions of Iranians of the regime’s fundamentalism, suppression of ethnic minorities, meddling in the affairs of other countries, and particularly about their support for terrorism in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.
INTV provides constant news, breaking news, talk shows, live question and answer sessions, art and cultural programs, special programs for the youth and women, and political satire to millions of Iranians all across Iran who tune in to watch with their satellite dishes. The Iranian regime’s officials on scores of occasions have warned against the growing popularity of this channel.
Culture Minister Ali Jannati has said that in Tehran, over 70 percent of citizens watch satellite channels.
INTV relies heavily on volunteer work of Iranians all over the world and provides for its expenses solely through donations of Iranians inside and outside of Iran as well as citizens of other countries who support the cause of human rights and freedom in Iran.
Gholamreza Khosravi, an activist of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), was executed in Iran on June 1, 2014, on the charge of ‘enmity against God’ for giving monetary assistance to the Sima-ye Azadi station.