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In Iran, pop culture is strictly controlled by a bureaucracy of Islamic clerics, and playing or distributing music involves jumping through many hoops: (Salon)
the council considers two main questions when trying to decide whether a song will undermine the Islamic Republic, says a council official, sitting in his office. "First, any music that's related to the style of the previous regime, when the Shah was in power -- the style before the revolution -- is forbidden," he says. That would rule out much of the music played by Iranians living in the United States. But the second factor is far more important, he says: "If the music makes you want to jump up and dance, it is not acceptable. Even if they are not singing words, if the meaning of the music itself is to make you jump and dance, it cannot be approved."

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