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Iranian President Bans Western Music

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Iran's hard-line president has banned all Western music from the country's state radio and television stations. It's a reminder of the 1979 Islamic revolution, when popular music was outlawed as un-Islamic.

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This instrumental version of Wham!'s hit "Careless Whisper" won't be heard publicly anymore in Iran now that that country has taken a really hard line on Western culture. TV programs in Iran often use songs by artists such as George Michael, Kenny G and The Eagles as background music. Yesterday Iran's president banned Western music on radio and TV. He's insisting that a recent ruling by the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council be enforced. To wit, indecent and Western music must be kept off the air in Iran. It was back in 1979 that the Islamic revolution first outlawed popular music as un-Islamic.

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