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«Hvor går grensen for vestlig ytringsfrihet?» er tittelen på tegnekonkurransen som den iranske avisen Hamshahr utlyste mandag.

Avisen vil demonstrere at ytringsfrihet vestlig presse påberoper seg i Muhammed-saken, ikke gjelder et tema som Holocaust. Man kan si at regimet her møter seg selv i døren og blir offer for sin egen propaganda.

Avisen er en av Irans fem største og eies av Teheran kommune. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad er tidligere borgermester for Teheran.

«We don’t intend retaliation over the drawings of the prophet. We just want to show that freedom is restricted in the West,» said Kazemi, who has been cartoon editor at the paper since 1992.
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«We expect those papers who published the cartoons (of Mohammed) to reproduce the cartoons which will be selected during our competition,» Kazemi said.

«Even Israeli cartoonists could send their works to the contest.»

He noted that the paper would not accept any «insulting» cartoons. He did not elaborate.

The call for drawings, in English and Farsi on the Web site, said that in the West, it was «an unforgiven crime» to debate and review issues such as «looting and crimes perpetrated by the U.S. and Israel, as well as alleged historical events like the Holocaust.»

It said the paper was soliciting contributions on the theme of the Holocaust and the limit of Western freedom of expression.

«In the wake of the publication of the profane cartoons in several European newspapers, Hamshahri is going to measure the sanctity of freedom of expression among the Westerners,» the announcement said.(ap)

Finn Graff kunne jo sende inn noen av sine tegninger av Ariel Sharon som KZ-vakt med David-stjerne som hakekors. Det ville motbevise iranernes teser om at vestlige tegnere ikke tør spøke med Holocaust.

Major Iranian newspaper holds Holocaust cartoons competition