In Iran videobloger arrested for posting dancing video to Instagram.
"In response to reports of Hojabri's arrest, Iranians began posting videos online of themselves dancing in public under the hashtags #dancing_isn't_a_crime" and "#dance_to_freedom".
The video allegedly carried Hojrabi's face, blurred and in tears, choking on the following words, "It wasn't for attracting attention..."
In a video released by the Iranian State TV on Friday, the teen is shown confessing to breaking "moral norms." . Before her account was suspended, she was reported to have more than 600,000 followers.
Now only one woman has been publicly named, a 17-year-old gymnast named Maedeh Hojabri.
Officials arrested the 17- or 18-year-old Hojabri after she shared videos of herself dancing to Western and Iranian music at home with her tens of thousands of followers.
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Dancing in public is forbidden for women in Iran, as is making public appearances without a hijab covering your hair.
The police have stated that they have plans to shut down similar accounts on Instagram, and the judiciary is now formulating regulations that may severely limit, or completely block the website altogether. I did not want to encourage others to do the same ... The Times reports authorities have said they may soon ban Instagram, and announced that 51,000 Instagram pages are under surveillance for vulgar and inappropriate videos. I didn't work with a team, I received no training. "I only do gymnastics", she continued.
A Twitter user wrote, "I'm dancing so that they [the authorities] see and know that they can not take away our happiness and hope by arresting teenagers and (girls like) Maedeh".
Instagram is one of the few social media sites that isn't heavily blocked in Iran where Facebook and Twitter are far more restricted.
"You will be laughed at if you tell people anywhere in the world that 17 and 18-year-old girls are arrested for their dance, happiness and beauty on charges of spreading indecency, while child rapists and others are free", wrote Iranian blogger and political dissident Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki. Iranian authorities are also now surveilling "Instagram celebrities" who may be facing arrest, according to the New York Times. "Let people be. Let's not infringe on their privacy, people's private lives belong to them", he told a crowd at a 2018 celebration of the country's Islamic revolution.
But many Iranians evade the filtering through the use of VPN software, which provides encrypted links directly to private networks overseas, and can allow a computer to behave as if it is based in another country.