Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashes

 Wp-Content Uploads 2012 05 Mahmoud Shokraiyeh Iranian newspaper cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh drew an Iranian Parliament Member wearing a soccer jersey. For that reason, he was sentenced to 25 lashes. Why would the government want to flog someone for this reason?


Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashes

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  1. Why would the government want to flog someone? The same reason parliamentarians in countries that don’t have flogging wish they could order 25 lashes for cartoons: it’s “disrespectful” to show them as anything but members of the ruling class, even in places where football is a respected athletic endeavour.

    IMHO parliamentarians should be required to pass a humour test before they’re allowed to run for office.

    1.  No no. They are flogging him because the cartoon is not funny. How will the artists ever learn if we don’t give them feedback?

  2. Why would the government want to flog someone? The same reason parliamentarians in countries that don’t have flogging wish they could order 25 lashes for cartoons: it’s “disrespectful” to show them as anything but members of the ruling class, even in places where football is a respected athletic endeavour.

    IMHO parliamentarians should be required to pass a humour test before they’re allowed to run for office.

    1. The punishment doesn’t suit the crime, they should have drawn pictures of him with ill fitting garments to see how he likes it. Also if they must flog, I’d like them to adopt the British meaning of the word which is “to sell”. Being sold 25 times is demeaning and long winded, but less painful I expect.

      1.  Voltaire: ‘It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.’ Of course he wrote it in French so the translation can be a little loose.

  3. “Show any more such ‘disrespect’ and the next cloud you draw will be interpreted officially as a depiction of Mohammed”

  4. “Show any more such ‘disrespect’ and the next cloud you draw will be interpreted officially as a depiction of Mohammed”

  5. There really isnt much detail on this story. The link eventually leads to this article http://iranbriefing.net/?p=12835 which is no more enlightening. Is there anything out there more solid?

    1.  Not in English, so far as I can tell. Google Translate is far from perfect, especially with such a allusive and metaphorical language as Persian, but it seems this ruling has caused a good deal of outrage in Iran. Here are two Persian sources: asriran and 20news.

      1. Thanks Ultan. They are very hard to read but I think I understood that its not unusual to draw cartoons of mp’s so I cant figure out why this guys been singled out. I am sure theres a lot more to this story. Shame its not being picked up by any other western media.

    1. Right.  This doesn’t sound like Iran.  This is like totally uncharacteristic for the Iranian government. 
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  6. He violated the Political Cartoonists’ Code by not slapping enough labels on everything.

  7. are you sure it was the football jersey and not the artistic  interpretation of his 2nd chin with the beard ? – very unflattering

  8. are you sure it was the football jersey and not the artistic  interpretation of his 2nd chin with the beard ? – very unflattering

  9. are you sure it was the football jersey and not the artistic  interpretation of his 2nd chin with the beard ? – very unflattering

  10. Let’s see, 25 lashes, 11 players on a soccer team… I give up. What’s the house number?

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