Monday, November 16, 2009

Iran: Mohammad Reza Shajarian bans his own work

As his protest against the Iranian elections, Mohammad Reza Shajarian has demanded that the State broadcaster stops playing his music:

“After what happened, I said ‘no way’ and threatened to file a complaint against them if they continued to use my music,” Mr. Shajarian said in an interview with the A.P. Though the broadcast services complied with his request, the government has responded to hundreds of other artist protests — which have included boycotting state-sponsored awards and appearing at international events wearing green, the color of the opposition — by banning their work, detaining them or forbidding them to travel.

It's a small request, but a large act of bravery.

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