Music makers and beat makers around the world. Be happy if your country and your society allow you to express yourselves without fear of prosecution. Except for a pretty fair deal with the US censorship laws where artists here must disclose on the CD label if the nature of the lyrical content may be adult or graphic, we are free because we have freedom of speech . Not so in Iran where today a group of young aspiring rap artists have been arrested and also confiscating “ western style instruments “. Oh my God ( Allah) these kids might be using guitars, drum machines and synthesizers to initiate a cou d’etat !Yes and they were having a little alcohol to set the mood while they were uploading music through the internet and illegal satellite networks. Hey Iran, get a life and join the twenty-first century! Young people love music and although some of us older people don’t understand the lyrics or the messages it’s not a revolution going on. It’s simply expression and every human being needs to express. In all fairness to our Iranian brothers and sisters ( all equals to us, sorry if not to you ) it is true these kids were using abandoned homes to run their “ operation “ and there may have been some violations of laws or ordinances they should have complied with. However, there was probably no such type of an arts and media center in which they could write, produce, record and upload music and develop their skills into something that just may someday earn them a living. Reading that the local police chief there said these kids were using “trashy, juvenile and street-like words and phrases that have no place in proper grammar,” almost makes me want to laugh except that I now these kids are in for a terrible ordeal. Because girls in Iran have been raped while in jail awaiting a hearing, I don’t trust any of their authorities. And because the entire justice system hasn’t been updated since the Achaemenid Empire of 300BC, the rest of the world for the most part views as barbaric. These kids don’t stand a fair shot at justice for their “ crimes “. I urge the world of readers to investigate this story, share it, post in forums and protest this action against a group of young people , very much like yourselves. Music is the universal language. The beat will set you free!