In 1979, Iran was the first country to introduce cartoonists to the medium.
Today, there are more than 200 cartoonists, and many more writers, artists and illustrators.
Some, like cartoonist Mohammad Reza Naeem, have been imprisoned for up to a decade for their work.
But for most, the Iranian cartoonist and writer is a model citizen, free to express himself and his opinions.
Al Jazeera’s Naeemi and Amal Saleh have been to Iran for the first time and wanted to hear his perspective on the country.
Naeeman: The biggest thing that bothers me is that they don’t care about freedom of expression.
They are scared of the cartoons.
They don’t want freedom of speech.
They just want to censor.
Saleh: They say that cartoons are not allowed, but you can’t get a passport, and you can only get a visa if you have a visa from the Iranian embassy.
The Iranian government is constantly pushing the limits.
They even banned an Iranian cartoonists book, The Great Cartoonist.
It was published in 2012, and Naeeme, a founding member of the Iranian Society of Cartoonists, has been working on it since then.
Nyeem: They are constantly pushing, and they are trying to censor everything.
They try to shut down the newspaper, but the cartoonists’ magazines still have the same titles and are published.
I am very tired of the censorship, and I am really afraid.
Sale: What does it mean to be an Iranian?
Naeemen: To be an Iranian cartoonist, you have to be independent, to make your own decisions, and to be creative.
You don’t have any authority over anybody.
You have to fight for your freedom.
Sale-Naeem: I’m not a big fan of the new regime, but I can’t be against them.
They want to be the most powerful country in the world, so I hope they will be good.
Neeem: What are the major differences between Iran and other countries?
Sale- Naeemon: In Iran, there is a certain freedom of thought and expression, which is something that other countries don’t really have.
They censor everything, and this is the main difference.
Noeem: Iran has been very tolerant and supportive of independent and free thinkers.
They like to have free media and people to express themselves.
Sale:- You have a sense of community, a sense that you are not alone, and it is really hard to leave.
Nefesh: It’s not easy to leave Iran.
You cannot be in Europe or the US, because Iran is not a democratic country.
It is really restrictive.
Salei: It is very difficult to leave because you are under threat.
I have been in Iran for several years, and in the last few years I have met a lot of young people who are now living in Europe.
They all say they are in Europe because they have heard about Iran, but they are also thinking about it.
It’s very difficult for young people to find a way out of the country, and a lot are escaping through Europe.
Salee: In my country, there have been many political protests, but there hasn’t been any violent incident, and we’ve not seen any people killed.
We have a lot more freedoms than in Iran, so why is the situation so bad?
Sale: They just hate freedom.
Neneem: Freedom is a word that is always used by people in Iran.
It means that you have freedom to do what you want to do.
It doesn’t mean freedom to express your opinion.
I think that’s a big mistake.
Saleem: It makes me sad that my country is not better.
We are very divided.
Saley: If you are free to be yourself, and do what is good for your country, it’s a lot better.
It makes you feel that there are many people who care about you.
Saleha: They can only say what they want.
I can go back to my country and not go back there, because I don’t think I can ever be like my friends who are in America.
Saleheem: The freedom I had in Iran is being destroyed, and what has been happening is worse than what happened to the freedom I gained there.
The freedom that I gained is not being taken away.
I feel that I will never be able to live in Iran again.
Saleee: The new regime is making it very difficult.
They tried to restrict my freedom of assembly, and the number of political protests in Iran has grown.
I’m just a regular citizen in my own country.
Salein: I am trying to be more careful, because people are scared and they can’t tell you how to vote.
I do not want to get involved in any political process, because it could lead to a lot problems.
Naedem: You have no rights.
You are a prisoner