Musicians and Composers Battle Censors in Iran

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Street musicians play instruments at the side of an avenue in northern Tehran February 26, 2012. Picture taken February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: SOCIETY)


Iranian authorities have arrested five members of an underground band and charged the musicians with collaborating with dissident Iranian singers and satellite channels based in the US. Anchor Marco Werman talks with one Tehran-based musician about the limits of artistic expression in Iran. The musician describes what it's like to try to get a new composition approved for censorship from the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture. For security reasons, the guest is not using his name.