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Iran Detains 11 Involved In Online Modeling Network

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian authorities say they have detained 11 members of a modeling network. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures and spreading "depravity" in society.

An Iranian cleric at an Islamic Fashion show in the holy city of Qom in September 2016
(photo by Ahmad Zohrabi, ISNA)

The reports said the 11 people detained were "key elements" of the network, which was active in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

The government news agency IRNA reported that 50 people were apprehended and released after receiving "guidance."

Three underground studios used by the network were shut down, the reports said.

In May, authorities announced an operation targeting modeling posts on Instagram.

Authorities said several people had been arrested for posting pictures of women without their compulsory hijab -- a crime in Iran.

Based on reporting by AP, Tasnim, and IRNA

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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