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Iran Bans Western Music on State Broadcasters


Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered state-run broadcasters to stop playing Western and so-called "indecent" music.

Iranian media reported Monday that he asked the agency in charge of television and radio broadcasts, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, to implement the change within six months.

Mr. Ahmadinejad also called for the government to supervise the content of foreign-made television shows and films.

Mr. Ahmadinejad was elected earlier this year on a hard-line platform that called for a return to conservative principles.

Music performances and education in Iran had been sharply limited after Islamic clerics seized power in Iran in 1979. Many of those limits have been relaxed in recent years.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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