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Sunday, June 08, 2014

The “Happy” Video That Got Six Young People Sent to Jail In Iran

Six Iranians paid a high price for joining a global trend when they made a dance video from Tehran inspired by the music video for the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

by Citizen Journalist Exchange
Today, all but one of these young people were released from jail after Iranian authorities announced that they had been arrested on May 20.
In a Twitter campaign, #FreeHappyIranians, Iranian netizens flooded the internet with tweets expressing their anger and disappointment.
The buzz was so hard to ignore that even the moderate Iranian president chimed in with an opinion on Twitter (ironically, Twitter is still banned in Iran).
 is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy.” 29/6/2013

Here is the video that led to the arrest of the “happy” Iranians.




The show must go on
The group were forced to appear on Iranian state television’s evening news broadcast, side by side, facing Tehran’s Chief of Police Hossein Sajedinia. They confessed to being deceived into appearing in the clip by an unnamed man and woman.

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