Iran launches international anti-ISIS cartoon competition

The cartoon entries from around the world mock the militant group and its atrocities

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Iran commissioned an anti-ISIS cartoon competition which is open to worldwide submissions, The Independent reported on Tuesday.

The cartoon entries from around the world mock the militant group and its atrocities.

The event’s organizers said that select pieces would be exhibited at four different cultural centers around Tehran and that a final winner would be decided on May 31.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA sais that artists were briefed by Iran’s House of Cartoon to focus on “the crimes committed by the Islamic State (ISIS)”.

In comments carried by The Independent, Mohammad Habibi, executive secretary of the contest, said 280 works had been chosen from 800 submissions entered from over 40 countries including Brazil, Australia and Indonesia.

Habibi also reportedly told Iran’s Press TV: “Nowadays everyone around the world knows about the parasite by the name of ISIS and what crimes they have committed against humanity and art and culture. Artists now have the duty to raise public awareness about this group by participating in such events.”

Massoud Shoajaei Tabatabaii, a graphic artist partaking in the competition told Press TV that the contest was important “in order to reveal the true nature of Daesh” (An Arabic-based acronym for ISIS).

Shoajaei added that “Daesh (ISIS) tries to associate itself with Islam but in essence it has no idea about Islam.”

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