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Tehran International Cartoon Biennial may be boycotted

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Over 150 Iranian cartoonists have signed a manifesto on to boycott the upcoming Tehran International Cartoon Biennial following the recent elections.

…We the cartoonists have always tried to laugh people out of pain and pressure. But how can one witness killing of brothers and sisters and still remain silent?
In such a situation, the 9th Tehran cartoon Biennale is on the way. Due to the post-election events, the cultural joy has totally disappeared from Iranian society. So we don not see any real interest in holding such a Biennale. In the current situation, we see our responsibility in a different perspective which does not necessarily include laughing and making laugh.
Due to this fact, we the undersigned cartoonists, declare that we would not participate in this international festival. Previously, the festival has been held by cooperation and sympathy of professional Iranian cartoonists but this time, we would not cooperate or participate.

Read the full story on the Washington Post site.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Posted in Comics, Events, News

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