This article by Brice Laemle js published by Le Monde. Here is an excerpt:
As part of the special “January 7” issue, commemorating the anniversary of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack, the satirical weekly chose to support Iranian men and women and to, in the words of the front page, “beat the mullahs.”
A wave of protests and repression has ravaged the country for nearly four months after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman arrested by the morality police for violating the dress code requiring women to wear head coverings in public, on September 16, 2022. Human rights organizations report that at least 503 civilians have been killed since then.
Charlie Hebdo responded by launching an international contest called “Mullahs Get Out” on December 8, 2022. For an entry to be selected, the magazine advised that a cartoon of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei should be the “funniest and meanest” possible. “Cartoonists and caricaturists have a duty to help support Iranians in their struggle as they fight for their freedom, by ridiculing this religious leader who represents the past and casting him into history’s garbage bin,” urged Charlie Hebdo.
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