Cultural relativism: Iranian fatwa for journalists in Azerbaijan

According to BBC, two journalists in Azerbaijan published in 'a small-circulation newspaper' an article comparing 'European Christian values to those of Islam'. Result? The journalists 'were sentenced to four and three years in prison respectively, for inciting religious hatred'. Meanwhile, 'a leading Iranian cleric issued a fatwa calling for the journalists to be killed.' Likewise, 'during the trial, radical Muslims also protested in the courtroom, demanding the death sentence'.

Please excuse my confusion - who, again, is inciting the religious hatred here?

It is heartening to read, at least, that 'authorities say there are no problems with free speech in Azerbaijan as long as journalists obey the law'. Phew. That sure puts a load off my chest.


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