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Over 100 Iranian artists reportedly detained, banned after siding with protests

The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds has expressed serious concern over the persecution of dissident artists in the wake of unprecedented nationwide protests in Iran.
Iranians call for the release of rapper Toomaj Salehi who was arrested on Oct. 30, 2022.

Iran’s main motion picture association, publicly known as the House of Cinema, has compiled a list of more than 100 media personalities, including cinema, theater and music artists, who have been detained, banned from working or leaving the country, and deprived of their ongoing contracts due to online activities in support of protests or personally joining the rallies.

Speaking to the Iranian Reformist daily, Shargh, two members of the House of Cinema elaborated on the findings by a committee set up within the House of Cinema in the wake of nationwide protests. The panel is tasked with following up on the situation of artists affected by the ongoing crackdown in Iran. It also provides them with judicial, legal and financial support.

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