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Iran Watch: Iran Paper Plans Holocaust Cartoons


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he speaks at a women’s conference in Tehran, Iran February 6, 2006. Ahmadinejad says the slaughter of Europe’s Jews is ‘a myth’

AlJazerra: Iran paper plans Holocaust cartoons

Iran’s largest selling newspaper has announced it is holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

“It will be an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust,” Farid Mortazavi, the graphics editor for Hamshahri newspaper, which is published by Tehran’s conservative-run municipality, said on Monday.

He said the plan was to turn the tables on the assertion that newspapers can print offensive material in the name of freedom of expression.

“The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let’s see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons,” he asserted.

Send them over Farid, Flap will print them.

But, Flap will also comment.

Mortazavi said Tuesday’s edition of the paper will invite cartoonists to enter the competition, with “private individuals” offering gold coins to the best 12 artists – the same number of cartoons that appeared in the conservative Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Flap will be waiting.

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