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Rapper faces death penalty for 'corruption on earth' charge over Iran protests

By Victoria Bisset

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi quickly became a symbol of the two-month-long unrest in Iran after he was arrested, the Washington Post reports. He's one of many artists to be targeted by authorities.

Toomaj Salehi is no stranger to controversy. Last year, the Iranian rapper was arrested for songs criticizing the government and denouncing those he described as apologists for the Iranian government abroad.

He was released on bail earlier this year, but it was not long before he found himself in prison again - and this time he may pay the ultimate price.

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