TEHRAN, Sept. 16 (Mehr News Agency) -- Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has not produced any document to prove that the organization had a permit to broadcast works by vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian, Shajarian's attorney Mohammad-Hossein Aqasi said on Tuesday.
In late July, an interrogator of the Tehran public prosecutor's office ordered IRIB to present its license to broadcast works by Shajarian, who protested the extensive use of his songs used in programs celebrating Mahmoud Ahamadinejad's victory in the June 12 presidential election.
Shajarian's epic songs that he performed in 1979 and 1980, which still have
the ambiance of the early days of the Islamic Revolution, were also frequently
broadcast by Iranian state TV and radio during programs encouraging people to
vote in the election.
Afterward, he wrote a letter to IRIB managing director, asking IRIB to immediately stop broadcasting his songs and other works.
Shajarian sued IRIB after the organization continued broadcasting his work.
"In reply to the interrogator's order, IRIB has referred to generalities about the organization's mission, upon the alleged basis of which IRIB has used the works of master Shajarian to promote Iranian traditional music," Aqasi said.
"They also claim that since master Shajarian had made no prior objection to the broadcast of his music by IRIB, the organization inferred that he was in agreement with their use of it," he added.
Meanwhile, Shajarian said that he had previously expressed his objections to the broadcasting of his works on IRIB in 1995.
Shajarian has also filed a lawsuit against the conservative Persian daily Kayhan, which called him a "stooge of colonialism" and a "traitor" for his interviews with foreign Persian language news agencies, including the Persian service of BBC, following the presidential election.
The Kayhan article provoked an angry reaction from Iran's House of Music, which issued a press release on Sunday asking officials to denounce such insulting "anti-cultural" actions.
Shajarian, 68, is the director of the House of Music High Council, Iran's most important music body.
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