The Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest hasbeen launched in Iran, in response to Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.
The competition is organised by Tehran-based House of Cartoon and the Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex
The winner will receive a cash prize of $12,000, the runner up $8000 and third place $5000.
The contest is not unprecedented in Iran. In 2006, the Hamsharhri daily launched a similar contest in response to a Danish newspaper publishing of caricatures of the Prophet.
House of Cartoon’s Masoud Shojaei-Tabatabaii, said at the time that the contest exposed the “West’s double standards when it comes to freedom of expression.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president until 2013, called the Holocaust a “myth” designed to protect the existence of Israel.