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    A cartoon in the January 30, 2000 edition of the reformist Iranian newspaper Azad depicts hard-line Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah (rhymes with temsaah)Yazdi as a crodocdile, a symbol of treachery and deception. Iranian clerics demanded Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, that the culture minister be executed and lashed out at President Mohammad Khatami's policies in a scathing response to the cartoon. The clerics said the caricature was encouraged by Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani and the Khatami administration's relaxed stance toward the media. (Related news here)

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