Monthly Archives: May 2016

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Iran’s Cartoon Goons: Behind the Scenes of the Holocaust Cartoons Exhibition

Article by Aida Qajar for IranWire: [] On May 14, Iran’s House of Cartoon will hold its second Holocaust Cartoons Exhibition in Tehran. The House of Cartoon’s president, Massoud Shojai Tabatabai, is a controversial figure in Iran. Some call him “lovable,” while others describe him as “intimidating” and “threatening.” Shojai and his close friend Hossein Niroomand started their cartoon work in the late 1980s and early 1990s for Kayhan Caricature, a publication belonging to the conservative Kayhan Institute, which operates under the supervision of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The two men have alternated as managing editor and editor-in-chief of Kayhan Caricature. Shojai has since been appointed “president-for-life” of the House of Cartoon. According to many Iranian cartoonists, both men owe their positions to their connections with Iran’s conservative security, political and ideological organizations. Niroomand is a member of the board of directors of Tehran Municipality’s Cultural and Artistic Organization. Under […]