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  7/13/2012, Tammuz 23, 5772

Iran: Father in Jail for Son's Facebook Activity


Yashar Khameneh, a 25-year-old Iranian student living in Holland, is receiving international attention for his efforts to release his father from a Tehran prison over the younger Khameneh's satirical Facebook posting about a revered Muslim cleric. The posting first appeared on someone else's site, but Khameneh also put some satirical posts on his own site, which led Iranian authorities to his family, this year, after a rapper made fun of the same cleric.

His father called him at the end of May to tell him that agents of Iran's intelligence wanted access information for the Facebook pages with the intent of removing the offensive material. While Khameneh closed down his personal site, he could not get the satire site to remove his material. The next day, his mother and sister called him to say that his father had been imprisoned and would remain in jail until the post was removed and that's where things stand.