The television report included footage of model Elham Arab, known for her portraits in wedding dresses.
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Iran cracks down on models without headscarves onlineIranian police have arrested eight people in a new crackdown targeting "un-Islamic acts" online such as female models posting images of themselves without their hair covered, state media reported Monday, part of a larger cultural struggle in the Islamic Republic over the country's future.And a meeting between moderate ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's daughter and female leaders of the Baha'i community, regarded as "heretics" in the country, has also sparked controversy in Iran.The model crackdown is just the latest move by authorities to control online expression in Iran.On Monday, Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency reported authorities arrested Mahdi Boutorabi, the manager of an Iranian blogging service called persianblog.ir. Faezeh Hashemi recently met Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the leaders of the Baha'i community who had been allowed out of prison on a five-day break, according to Iranian media.The Baha'i sect, founded in the 19th century in Iran, is not recognized by the authorities of the Islamic Republic.
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