Teenager who posted dance videos on social media detained in Iran

Teenager who posted dance videos on social media detained in Iran

Crying, the distraught teenager explains that she posted videos of herself dancing on her Instagram account for her followers and was not directed by anyone.

Maedeh Hojabri, who was born in Tehran, practiced gymnastics for few years before participating in the sport of Parkour, a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course, which is the reason for her current accusation.

Since 2017, FATA has arrested many women charged with publishing un-Islamic photos and videos on social media. Though the original account was shut down, her videos were posted online by other accounts with several thousand followers each.

According to AP, it was unclear whether her statement was made under duress.

It's not clear what sentence Hojabri might face for her dancing videos but she has been reportedly released on bail along with the other three women.

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"When the pages of social media celebrities are identifies by FATA - Iranian Cyber Police - the admins of these pages will be referred to the judicial authorities in each provinces they live". 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.

In Iran videobloger arrested for posting dancing video to Instagram. Last Friday, she and other detainees, whose identity could not be confirmed, appeared on Iranian TV.

"It wasn't for attracting attention", Hojabri said.

"It wasn't incitement, I didn't want to encourage anyone, I didn't have an objective", she said.

Critics of the arrest of gymnast Maedeh Hojabri, 18, used the hashtag #Dancingisnotacrime and Iranian women posted videos of themselves dancing in public. And while authorities sometimes turn a blind eye on some violations of the country's strict laws on female clothing or Western music, Iran still regularly punishes violations to set examples.

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