In the 1970s Iran experienced a revolution that ended with the collapse of the government and the establishment of an Islamic Republic.
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The country adopted strict and conservative laws, enforcing dress codes, taking away women's rights and shutting down newspapers and magazines that disagreed with the new theocratic government. Music, books, movies and art were also highly regulated and censored.
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