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Iran: Radical website calls for murder of musician

12 May 2015

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On 1 May 2015, the ultra-conservative Iranian website Aba Shohada website announced a reward of approximately $155,000 for anyone who would blow up the concert venues of German-based Iranian musician Shahin Najafi.

According to the US based organisation International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the threat is being addressed by the German police and has been met with a defiant reaction of the artist.

The site described a bombing as the “final answer to the insults” perceived in Najafi’s music. This reflects a fatwa that was previously issued against Najafi by Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, calling for Najafi’s death on the charge of apostacy.

In October 2012, Elke Safaei-Rad on behalf of Freemuse conducted an interview with Shahin Najafi and Günter Wallraff five months after the fatwa was issued against the singer and rapper Shahin Najafi: see www.artsfreedom.freemuse.org/?p=3445

Sources:

» Iranhumanrights.org – 8 May 2015:
Radical Website Calls for Murder of Musician, Iranian Officials Silent

» Irannewsupdate.com – 9 May 2015:
Two dramatically different reactions to Iranian musicians

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