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Excerpted from www.iranhumanrights.org/2013/12/bargmusic/
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps arrested three men involved in the production, distribution, and promotion of Iranian underground music in October, and are pressuring them to confess on television.
The arrests appear to be part of a larger crackdown on Internet and IT professionals and musicians.
Chief of the Morality Police, told ISNA that his unit is actively identifying and confronting Iranian underground musicians who produce their work inside Iran and distribute it on television satellite channels abroad.
Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian musicians have needed government authorization in order to play their music, hold concerts, and produce music albums and videos. Government scrutiny of such musical activities and productions has been stringent, and only certain genres of music receive production and activity licenses. Under such circumstances, musicians have been pushed underground, where they perform illegally at great risk to themselves and to their audiences.
At an August concert of Dawn of Rage, an Iranian metal band, all the musicians and the 200 guests attending the concert were arrested at a public amphitheater in Tehran.