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    مانا نیستانی

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    Mana Neyestani on Poletik - October 2014
    مانا نیستانی 1973 (age 40–41) Tehran, Iran
    Cartoonist, Colourist
    Cartoonists Rights Network International award for courage in editorial cartooning, 2010

    Mana Neyestani (born 1973, in Tehran) is an Iranian cartoonist and illustrator for economic, intellectual, political, cultural, and professional magazines. He is particularly known for his work for the newspaper Zan and Persian language Radio Zamaneh.


    Early life

    Neyestani is of Iranian Azerbaijani ethnicity. Mana is the brother of fellow cartoonist Touka Neyestani. Their father Manouchehr was a well-known Iranian poet. He is a graduate of the University of Tehran with a M.A. in Architecture.


    Neyestani began his professional cartooning career in 1989, and started drawing editorial cartoons in 1998, for Zan. During 1998-2000, he drew a large number of cartoons for various reformist newspapers, such as Asr-e Azadegan, Sobhe Emrooz, Mosharekat, Azad, Neshat (as a freelancer), and Aftab-e Emrooz (as a staff cartoonist). His cartoons are published regularly on the website of Iranian exile media Radio Zamaneh, as well as Tavaana: E-Learning Institute for Iranian Civil Society.

    Controversy Main article: Iran newspaper cockroach cartoon controversy

    Riots erupted by ethnic Azerbaijanis in Iran when they took offense to a Neyestani cartoon published in the children''s section of the 12 May 2006 supplement of Iran, a government-run newspaper. The cartoon depicted a cockroach responding in Azerbaijani. Neyestani, along with Mehrdad Ghasemfar, the editor-in-chief of Iran, were arrested by government officials and the newspaper was closed down following the riots.

    Neyestani and the editor of the paper ended up in solitary confinement in Tehran''s Evin prison under conditions the cartoonist described as "Kafkaesque." Three months later, Neyestani was given a temporary prison leave and used it to flee the country with his wife. He finally ended up in exile in France where he published a graphic novel titled "An Iranian Metamorphosis," about his time in prison.


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