EA readers will know that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of our favourite stand-up comedians, be it his slapstick humour (Ahmadinejad v. Giant Flying Bug sketch from shortly after the 2009 election), his visual games (Mahmoud and His Brightly-Coloured Charts), or his nicknames (world leaders are "Retarded"; the US and UN are "Satanic").
But Mahmoud brought the house down on Monday, saying this to Iran's police forces with a straight face:
“Today wherever we go, waves of people express their love for the Islamic Republic and our dear Supreme Leader; even in Europe and the US. If they do away with censorship, it will become clear how the people of the world are enamoured of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the path of the Iranian nation.”
Fun Censorship Fact: Since Ahmadinejad took office in 2005, more than 20 publications have been banned.
Did You Know? In no-censorship Iran, thousands of websites are filtered.
Punch Line: More than 100 journalists have been detained since 12 June 2009.