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Report: Iran detains poet, songwriter Yaghma Golrouee

Report: Iran detains poet, songwriter who had criticized authorities for blocking his books

Report: Iran detains poet, songwriter Yaghma Golrouee

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian news website is reporting that authorities have detained poet and songwriter Yaghma Golrouee.

The Wednesday report by 7sobh.com said Golrouee was detained on Monday. It said the reason for the detention is not clear.

Calls to authorities were not returned immediately on Thursday because it is the weekend in Iran.

Golrouee's work is mainly about love and sometimes social issues like poverty, addiction and environmental problems. Last month, he criticized authorities for blocking his books from being published because of pressure from hardliners.

His detention follows the recent arrests of other writers and artists, including five journalists, two poets and a filmmaker. It also comes ahead of crucial February parliamentary elections and as hardliners push against a nuclear deal with world powers.


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:34 GMT+08:00