Iran has shuttered a French analysis institute in response to vulgar political cartoons within the journal Charlie Hebdo.
The French Institute for Analysis in Iran, based mostly in Tehran, was shut down Thursday. The institute is a part of France’s overseas ministry.
Charlie Hebdo, well-known for its ruthless, politically incorrect content material, printed a number of user-submitted cartoons meant to help protesters in Iran. One cartoon confirmed Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clinging to a throne above protesters with raised fists.
Different cartoons had been sexually express, together with one which confirmed Iranian clerics strolling into a girl’s vagina that was captioned, “Mullahs, return to the place you got here from.”
Iran’s overseas affairs workplace mentioned the closure was its “first step” in response to the cartoons. It referred to as on France to sanction Charlie Hebdo. French politicians discovered the thought laughable.
“In France, not solely does freedom of the press exist — in contrast to what occurs in Iran — it is usually exercised below the management of judges and an impartial justice system, which is one thing that Iran undoubtedly is aware of little about,” French Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna mentioned in a TV interview.
“Additionally in French legislation, we wouldn’t have the notion of blasphemy.”
The French Institute for Analysis in Iran was based in 1983 however closed for a few years. It reopened in 2013 when the comparatively average Hassan Rouhani was elected as Iran’s president.
Charlie Hebdo became internationally famous in 2015, when two al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the journal’s workplace in Paris. Twelve individuals had been killed, together with eight Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and journalists.
The assaults got here after Charlie Hebdo printed cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
With Information Wire Companies