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Lashing Sentence For Iranian Cartoonist Condemned

  • RFE/RL's Radio Farda

An unprecedented lashing sentence against Iranian cartoonist Mahmud Shokraye has been condemned by Iranian news sites and cartoonists.
Mahmud Shokraye was sentenced to 25 lashes for portraying a conservative politician as a soccer player.

Mahmud Shokraye was sentenced to 25 lashes for portraying a conservative politician as a soccer player.


Shokraye was earlier this week sentenced to 25 lashes over his depiction of conservative lawmaker Ahmad Lotfi Ashtiani as a soccer player.

The cartoon was deemed insulting by the lawmaker who is among politicians criticized for interfering in sports.

In a joint statement, a dozen Iran-based new websites condemned Shokraye’s sentence and warned that it sets a dangerous precedent.

The statement noted that drawing cartoons of politicians, including of Iranian presidents and other top officials, is common in Iran.

A number of Iranian cartoonists have also protested against the sentence by drawing new cartoons of Ashtiani.

Speaking to RFE/RL’s Radio Farda, Paris-based cartoonist Mana Neyestani, who initiated the online cartoon protest, said the sentence was alarming.

With reporting by Baztab
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