Iranian teen detained over Instagram dance videos

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has detained a teenage girl who posted dance videos on Instagram and attracted tens of thousands of followers.

State TV broadcast a video on Friday in which Maedeh Hojabri, 18-year-old gymnast, acknowledged breaking moral norms while insisting that was not her intention, and that she was only trying to gain more followers. It was unclear whether her statement was made under duress.

Shabooneh, a local news website, said Hojabri and three other individuals were detained on similar charges in recent weeks before being released on bail.

She had posted around 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing in both Iranian and Western styles. She also appeared in videos without wearing the obligatory Islamic headscarf. Her performances had thousands of followers on various accounts with her name on them, ranging from 12,000 to 66,000 followers. None of the accounts were verified.

Iranian police have said they plan to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is considering blocking access to the site.

Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app. Millions of Iranians continue to use the sites through proxies and VPNs.

Iran's judiciary and security forces are dominated by hard-liners who launch periodic crackdowns on behavior deemed un-Islamic. The latest arrests came amid a series of protests against the government's handling of the economy.

In 2014 authorities sentenced six young men and women to suspended prison terms after they appeared in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy."

You may also like these

Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using...

Jan 18, 2017

An Indian court has acquitted top Bollywood star Salman Khan on a charge of using unlicensed...

Crackdown creates meat shortage in most populous...

Mar 27, 2017

India's most populous state is running out of meat, with the government cracking down on illegal...

Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to...

Apr 10, 2017

Australia says it's is ready to export uranium to India with the passing of legislation in its...

Police patrol for poachers as animals flee...

Jul 10, 2017

Police are patrolling for poachers as rhinoceros, deer and buffalo move to higher ground to escape...

Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms,...

Aug 1, 2017

A new study shows a correlation between rising temperatures and the rate of farmer suicides in India

Search
Broaden News

Sign up now!

Recent Discovery will take you to the captivating developments in science, technology, and the universe around us. We deliver to you the latest news, theories, and developments in the world of science.

Contact us: sales[at]recentdiscovery.com