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Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashings

Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh has been sentenced to 25 lashings after drawing an Iranian parliament member in a football jersey. The cartoon appeared in the magazine Nameye Amir.

While I’m not 100% certain, the image left might be the offending image.

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#1 Michael Pohrer (MJ)
May/8/2012
@ 11:26 am

Whoa, lashings for drawing a cartoon. I would think it was time to relocate. Seriously, it’s a cartoon, I will never understand the outrageous penalties in foreign lands for drawing certain images.
I consider that blasphemy on Artistic Freedom.

#2 Muhammad Rasheed
May/8/2012
@ 11:50 am

Yeah, this is old school getting beat up for making fun of someone more powerful than you. It was certainly very brave of the cartoonist to create it, and very bullying ad immature for the politician to react that way.

#3 Dave Stephens
May/8/2012
@ 12:47 pm

A very short list would be things that DON’T offend or WON’T get you beaten or killed or censored or sent to jail in those countries that love, Love, LOVE to crush the hopes and dreams of anyone with a differing opinion… When religion and politics are blood brothers, blood will be spilled.

#4 Daniel Boris
May/8/2012
@ 1:34 pm

Did he draw the parliament member in a Dallas Cowboys jersey? Cause I can certainly understand the punishment if so… Go Skins!

#5 Keith Brown
May/8/2012
@ 1:36 pm

Any lashes for those who printed it?

#6 RYAN BROWN
May/8/2012
@ 2:49 pm

@Keith….Great point! This had to have gotten past an editor or somebody.

@Daniel…The Deadskins finally get themselves a potential franchise QB to build around so now you feel the need to pound your chest. Win the NFC East for a change, THEN you can talk.

Go Cowboys!

#7 Carl Moore
May/8/2012
@ 6:35 pm

Why is drawing a parliment member in a football jersey an offense? … Even in stupid Iran it’s hard to figure this one. What am I missing?

#8 Paul Fell
May/8/2012
@ 7:13 pm

What better argument for the continued separation of church and state?

#9 Stacy Curtis
May/8/2012
@ 11:02 pm

And a good reminder of the things most people take for granted here in the good ol’ United States of Obama Drawn As Hitler.

#10 Joe Vissichelli
May/9/2012
@ 8:30 am

Seems to me Iran is in serious need of an overwhelming graffiti movement. I’m thinking saturation postings of government and religious figure cartoons till they cry, “Uncle.”

Or is it “Ayatollah?”

#11 Gerry Mooney
May/10/2012
@ 9:16 am

That’s just messed up. In the article Alan links to, they don’t even bother to mention what his offense was. Was it actually a crime or did he just annoy the wrong person? Either way, this treatment is criminal.

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