Video: Interview with Iranian Cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani

I met Iranian cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani (view Kianoush’s blog here) at the recent RIDEP editorial cartooning festival in Carquefou, France.

Kianoush drew cartoons supporting the anti-dictatorship Green Movement in Iran, and regularly criticized the Iranian leadership. The government began cracking down on intellectuals, journalists and bloggers, and after seeing many of his close friends incarcerated, Kianoush made the decision to flee Iran; he was given asylum in France, where he is able to speak about the importance of cartoons and the media environment inside of Iran.

“(In Iran) all the newspapers belong to the government, directly or indirectly, he says. “All are afraid of the power of cartoons. Publishing cartoons is an impossible thing inside of Iran.”

Check out my full interview with Kianoush below:

Here are some of Kianoush’s cartoons:

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

5 replies on “Video: Interview with Iranian Cartoonist Kianoush Ramezani”

excellent work Mr.Ramezani, and its not that they are only afraid of cartoons, they are terrified of any fresh, secular ideology that could threaten their rain on power and put an end to the fleecing of the Iranian middle class who have been robbed by this "Islamic" Regime of thieves for the last thirty years.

The bigger issue here is freedom of speech….. America is the birth place of this right, and if we are not careful, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS will take it away….

Pay attention to THIS messenger.

Ramezani's cartoons are not "crap." They are stylistic, minimalistic, and cognitive. His cartoons are for the insightful, not the boorish.

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