11 May 2021

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Fatwa and Death Threat Against IranWire Journalist

Iranwire:  journalist, poet and IranWire colleague has been targeted by one of the most influential and hardliner Shia religious authorities in Iran. A poem by Mohammad Tangestani spurred controversy in the Islamic Republic because it...

From Brautigan to Bukowski: Why are American Authors so Big in Iran?

Who is the most popular American writer in Iran? Ernest Hemingway? William Faulkner? Raymond Carver? Richard Brautigan? Or perhaps...

30 Years After Rushdie Fatwa: Iranian Exiled Writer Received Death Threats Following Fatwa By Ayatollah

Iran Human Rights (IHR); May 3, 2019: Iranian Shia cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has recently issued a fatwa...

Music Belongs to the People

Mohammad Tangestani Over the last year Iran’s hardliners have launched an assault on music, calling for bans on concerts...

I’m a Rebel — But I Still Self-Censor

Mohammad Tangestani In this series on self-censorship, we asked writers, artists, journalists and human rights activists to define self-censorship....