Charlie Hebdo magazine

The January issue of Charlie Hebdo features the winners of a recent cartoon contest, in which participants were asked to create the most offensive caricatures of Khamenei, who has been the leader of since 1989. The contest was organized as a show of support for the anti-government protests occurring. Some of the winning entries depict Khamenei as a cleric reaching for a hangman’s noose while drowning in blood, while others show him clinging to a giant throne above protesters raising their fists. Other entries depict more vulgar and sexually explicit scenes.