The Iranian regime’s penchant for fatwa has not changed in the twenty-three years since Ayatollah Khomeini called for the death of Salman Rushdie for his Satanic Verses. Now, it is the turn of another Iranian Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, to issue the famous religious edict for apostasy, according to Al Arabiya Farsi website (an organisation which finds no favor with me). This time, the victim is not a writer, but a rapper: Shahin Najafi, from the thriving underground network of Iranian rap. Censured because his music is considered “vulgar” and a symbol of “Western decadence”, the 31-year-old artist left Iran for Germany in 2005, to the delight of authorities.

via LePoint.

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