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Iran: Two songwriters and poets arrested

7 January 2014

On 7 December 2013 the two Iranian lyricists and poets Dr. Mehdi Moosavi and Fateme Ekhtesari were arrested by the Security Department of Iran Revolutionary Guards.

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It is generally believed that they were arrested maybe because of their lyrics which have been performed by a famous Iranian singer in exile, Shahin Najafi.

Many of their lyrics have been song by Shahin Najafi whos own songs are banned in Iran. In 2013, ayatollahs in Iran issued a death sentence on him, though he lives in exile.

Mehdi Moosavi and Fateme Ekhtesari have been imprisoned in single-person cells under tough conditions in the Evin prison in Tehran, reported Radio Liberty’s Iranian broadcaster, Radio Farda.

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The following are some of the most important Iranian news websites abroad which have reported about the two poets’ imprisonment:

» www.radiofarda.com

» www.kaleme.com

» www.cshr.org.uk



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