Saturday, September 29, 2012
Families of War Martyrs Express Support for Shargh Cartoonist
Hadi Heydari, cartoonist for the Shargh newspaper, which was closed down on Tuesday.
Despite all the efforts by the Ministry of Guidance and the hardliners in the Islamic Republic to use their self-interest driven interpretation that the cartoon printed on the back page of the Shargh newspaper, was an insult to the war veterans and war martyrs of Iran, the people who matter most, i.e. families of war veterans and martyrs, have expressed their support in an open letter for the Shargh cartoonist, Hadi Heydari.
Twenty five family members of some of the most prominent war veterans and martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war said in an open letter that they have always admired Hadi Heydari's 'awareness raising' and 'thought provoking' cartoons over the years.
The open letter addressed as 'Dear Brother Hadi Heydari', said "We see that these days, some are misinterpreting your latest cartoon and using it as an excuse to silence the pens...We are familiar with you and your work and back your sincerity and honesty".
So there we have it, if anyone should have been offended by the cartoon, it should have been the families of the war veterans and war martyrs but in fact they see nothing offensive about the cartoon and back the cartoonist of Shargh newspaper.