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The story: The family and friends of jailed Iranian dervish Behnam Mahjoubi say his body has been transferred from a hospital in Tehran to the southeastern city of Kerman for burial. Mahjoubi was serving time as a political prisoner after being arrested during a protest in Tehran back in 2017. His passing is once again turning the spotlight on the plight of Sufis in Iran—and the Islamic Republic’s mistreatment of political prisoners.
The coverage: Given the typical censorship exercised by official media outlets when it comes to political prisoners, Mahjoubi’s death Feb. 21 was largely ignored, receiving little coverage beyond an official statement from the Iranian judiciary’s office for prisons...
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