Episode 7: Freedom of Expression in Arts (Cartoon & Caricature)

In the seventh episode of Radio Scissors, Mana Neyestani speaks about the basics of freedom of expression in comics, cartoon and caricature. In addition to discussing the definition of this critical aspect of freedom of expression, he addresses the conceptual and contextual limits of freedom of speech in humor, and cartoons in particular. Further, while giving a global perspective on this topic, he speaks about the situation of cartoons and caricature in today’s Iran, and the limitations that cartoonists face by limiting censorship laws and the subjective decisions of the authorities.

Mana Neyestani
Mana Neyestani is an Iranian cartoonist, illustrator, and comic book creator. His work appears internationally in economic, intellectual, political and cultural magazines. He is particularly known for his work for reformist papers in Iran and Persian language websites Radio Zamaneh, Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society, and IranWire. He is also well-known because of his cartoons about Iranian presidential election, 2009. He is the 2010 recipient of the Cartoonists Rights Network International Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning.


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