Following publication of a cartoon entitled “The Blindfolded Men,” Shargh Newspaper was banned on September 26. In a concerted effort by 150 Members of the Parliament, state authorities, and clerics, the newspaper was banned a day after the cartoon was published, and the cartoonist, Hadi Heidari, was summoned to court. Mehdi Rahmanian, the newspaper’s manager and license holder, was transferred to Evin Prison.

Those protesting the cartoon state that it is an insult to Iran-Iraq War veterans, but many believe this to be merely an excuse for banning the reformist newspaper.