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Iranians protesting against the Prophet caricatures on 8 February in Tehran (epa) 14 February 2006 -- An Australian cartoonist has denied submitting drawings to an Iranian newspaper for a competition of cartoons about the Holocaust.


Michael Leunig said two of his old Holocaust drawings had been sent maliciously by someone else along with a forged comment expressing solidarity with the Muslim world.


Iran's best selling newspaper, "Hamshahri," launched a competition on 13 February for the best cartoon about the Holocaust in retaliation for Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Those drawings have sparked angry protests in the Muslim world.


Leunig said the Iranian newspaper had withdrawn the cartoons from the competition after he contacted the editors.


The two cartoons were rejected for publication in "The Age" newspaper in Melbourne in 2002.


(AP, Reuters, AFP)

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