Maedeh Hojabri, Iranian Teen Arrested Over Dancing Instagram Post


Maedeh Hojabri, Iranian Teen Arrested Over Dancing Instagram Post

The detention of an Iranian teenager for posting her dance videos on Instagram has sparked outrage on social media.

Authorities in Iran arrested four women last week for posting videos of themselves dancing on Instagram.

Blogger Hossein Ronaghi said, "People would laugh at you if you tell anyone in the world that [in Iran] they arrest 17-year-olds and 18-year-olds for dancing, being happy and being handsome, for spreading indecency, and instead paedophiles are free". Other individuals besides Hojabri also appear to have been detained on similar charges.

"I had no bad intentions".

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said. I didn't work with a team, I received no training.

Ms Hojabri had posted around 300 videos on her account, many of which showed her dancing in both Iranian and Western styles without wearing the obligatory hijab.

"Art is the language of the soul, highest of the hopes, not a crime, said Twitter user @samzglam".

"I had some followers and these videos were for them". Such departures from their mores feed into the agenda of hardline politicians battling the more moderate President Hassan Rouhani to limit access to social media platforms, which they see as corrupting society's morals and endangering national security. According to the Associated Press, Iranian authorities are considering blocking access to Instagram, but no final decision has been made. But many Iranians evade the filtering through the use of VPN software, which provides encrypted links directly to private networks overseas, and can allow a computer to behave as if it is based in another country.

TEHRAN-Women in Iran have posted videos of themselves dancing online, in support of a teenager who was arrested. The problem? Maedeh Hojabri lives in Iran.

Six people were arrested in August after partaking in Zumba, an exercise that involves dancing, the BBC reported.