Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA -- `Kayhan International' on Monday focused on the unfortunate controversy over a caricature recently published in a local Persian daily which led to various public demonstrations, the daily's closure, and the arrest of the three editors allegedly involved.
It urged concerned officials to see to it that the same sinister act is not repeated by what it called "new hypocrites" in the country's media.
The controversy arose from a cartoon published on Wednesday by Hayat-e Now which was a striking replica to a caricature which appeared in an American daily some 65 years ago in which former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was seen pressing his thumb down on the head of a frowning US Supreme Court chief justice alluding to a dispute between the executive and judiciary branches of the then US administration.
Firstly, Kayhan International underlined, the said caricature published in the Persian daily in no way is relevant to the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the late Imam Khomeini (RA).
Since the name Roosevelt was purposefully erased on the sleeve and the figure depicting the judge was clad in a black cloak wearing a white beard in the caricature resembling the late Imam, it goes without saying that the person or pesons who decided to use the American caricature did so with intentions, pointed out the daily in its Viewpoint column.
Moreover, since the cartoon was used along with an article titled: "As yet we have not reached brink of disintegration," the implication was the Islamic Republic is in the verge of disintregration, it said.
The publisher and editorial director of the said daily, Hojjatoleslam Hadi Khamenei, notwithstanding his political inclinations towards the so-called reformsts, is undoubtedly, a politician of an integrated personality, the daily nonetheless highlighted.
He is, as asserted by himself, "a loyal and devoted follower of the late Imam," it said.
His apologies to the nation and explanations at the Majlis should be acknowledged as sincere ones, it added.
But the fact that the said cartoon and the article was published in Hadi Khamenei's newspaper gives rise to the question of why this particular daily was selected by those who wanted to play mischief against the country.
"Was it to divert public attention, as well as that of the media, from the opinion polls trial where it was established and also confessed by the defendents that acts of espionage were committed?" asked the daily.
Very apparently it was so. The perpetrators, in all probability, selected Hadi Khamenei's newspaper because he happens to be the brother of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Therefore, the criminals intended to create much ado by publishing their material in the daily of the Leader's brother, it pointed out.
The current mischief, if juxtaposed with the trial of the bogus polsters, will bring to light the fact that the "Fifth Column" does exist in the Islamic Republic, it contended.
It recalled a statement made by Information Minister Ali Younesi a couple of years ago during a press conference that his ministry had identified infiltrators in the country's media.
One wonders why no measures have yet been taken by the ministry in this respect? it asked.
But now since the founder of the Islamic Republic and the most beloved person of the nation, the late Imam (RA) and undoubtedly the benefactor of all the officials has been targeted by the Fifth Column, it is absolutely binding on all concerned authoriteis to earnestly uproot, what it called the "new hypocritical trend," urged the paper.
It is time those MPs and officials who so far have skeptically brushed aside the presence of new hypocrites as an illusion created by Kayhan should give a secondthought to the issue and do the needful prior to any further sinister acts are perpetrated by the infiltrators.
It concluded by praising the Iranians, from all walks of life for demonstrating once agian their loyalty and devotion to their beloved leader, the late Imam Khomenei, is very much alive in this land.
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