Iran forbyr vestlig musikk, også klassisk, spilt i statlig radio og TV. Forbudet sier mye om hvilken retning Ahmadinejad styrer Iran.

Et tilsvarende forbud ble innført av ayatollah Khomeini etter revolusjonen i 1979, men Khomeini tillot etter en tid klassisk musikk. Under Khatamai kom vestlig pop for fullt.

Today, though, the sounds of hip-hop can be heard blaring from car radios in Tehran’s streets, and Eric Clapton’s «Rush» and the Eagles’ «Hotel California» regularly accompany Iranian broadcasts.

No more — the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of the Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban all Western music, including classical music, on state broadcast outlets.

«Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required,» according to a statement on the council’s official Web site.

The Iranian guitarist Babak Riahipour lamented what he called a «terrible» decision. «The decision shows a lack of knowledge and experience,» he said.

Music was outlawed by Khomeini soon after the 1979 revolution; Khomeini claimed it was «intoxicating.» Many musicians went abroad and built an Iranian music industry in Los Angeles.

But as revolutionary fervor started to fade, some light classical music was allowed on Iranian radio and television; some public concerts reappeared in the late 1980s.

But later, Khomeini allowed classical music to be played over state radio. Since his death, pop music has been creeping into Iranian shops.(ap)

Iran’s President Bans All Western Music