Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi has gone into hiding after being denounced as a heretic by religious scholars. He now lives in a secret location in Germany.
Iran's grand ayatollah has issued what many have interpreted to be a fatwa against the rapper Shahin Najafi, who has lived in Germany for the past seven years. In an interview, Najafi gives DW his take on the situation.
Shahin Najafi fears for his life. He is currently in a secret location under police protection. Islamic clerics have accused the musician of blasphemy - a crime that, according to Islamic law, is punishable by death.
A Germany-based rapper has cancelled his concerts and turned to the police for protection. An Iranian ayatollah proclaimed one of Shahin Najafi's songs blasphemy, opening the door for him to be killed.
With heavy censorship and no copyright laws, being a musician in Iran is a thankless job. But that doesn't mean there isn't a thriving scene - even if it can spell serious danger for performers.
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