When the editors of French magazine Charlie Hebdo were planning their response to a murderous attack on their team, the format was inevitable.
They choose a typically tongue-in-cheek cartoon combining a message of reconciliation with a refusal to back down, depicting the prophet Mohammed holding a “Je suis Charlie” placard under the headline “All is forgiven”.
Now Iran, which saw widespread protests about the Charlie issue, has commissioned its own set of cartoons, themed around the Holocaust, according to the
Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii, organiser of the exhibition, said he wanted cartoonists from around the world to submit their works by the beginning of April.
A cash prize of $12,000 will be awarded by judges to the entry they view most favourably.
In 2006 a similar competition was held following the publication of drawings of the Prophet in a Danish newspaper. The winning entry depicted a wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories with the gate of Auschwitz superimposed over it.
Following the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris by Said and Cherif Koachi, which left 12 dead
, an associate of the brothers took customers hostage in a Kosher supermarket and killed four Jewish men there.