Ahmadinejad bans Western music on Iranian airwaves
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a decree this week effectively banning Western music across Iranian airwaves.
Monday's decision Ahmadinejad enacts an earlier ruling in October which prohibits any Western music from television and radio stations.
"Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required," the website of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council read, according to the AP.
Some were stunned by the news, as was Iranian guitarist, Babak Riahipour, who described the decree as "terrible".
"The decision shows a lack of knowledge and experience," he added.
Hard-line Ahmadinejad was elected August on a conservative platform based on the principals of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
During his campaign, Ahmadinejad had promised to confront what he called the Western cultural invasion and promote Islamic values.
Currently, Western music, films and clothing are common in Iran. However, this is expected to change, as films and television will also face similar censorship.
"Supervision of content from films, TV series and their voice-overs is emphasized in order to support spiritual cinema and to eliminate trite and violence," the website statement explained.