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Fatwa issued against 3G Internet operator in Iran which “jeopardizes public chastity”

Friday, 22 February 2013

Rightel, Iran’s third mobile-phone operator, provides Iranians with their first-ever 3G Internet services, allowing customers to use both video-calls and multimedia messaging functions. Word of the service has spread fast among young Iranians, who are buying SIM cards en masse. The service has angered the hardline religious establishment. Four grand ayatollahs — Naser Makarem Shirazi, Hossein Noori Hamedani, Jafar Sobhani and Seyyed Sajjad Alavi Gorgani — have issued fatwas (religious edicts) banning Rightel. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said that the decadence and corruption associated with [Rightel’s] use outweighs its benefits.” Ayatollah Alavi Gorghani said that the video-call service would “jeopardize public chastity” and “inflict heavy damage” on Iran’s religion and political system. Ayatollah Hossein Noori Hamedani said that the SIM card is “full of corruption and can tear families apart. It is morally wrong.” Seventeen Majlis members wrote a letter to Ahmadinejad and the Intelligence Ministry calling on them to stop Rightel’s operations.

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  • Published: 3 days ago on Friday, 22 February 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: February 22, 2013 @ 2:31 pm
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    • http://www.rightel.ir/; http://www.jomhourikhahi.com/2013/02/makarem-against-rightel.html; http://www.gorgani.ir/?page=showfaq&groupid;=14; http://shanderman397.blogfa.com/tag/%D8%A2%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%87%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C

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