Satirical magazine escapes jail over Royal cartoon

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31 August 2007, MADRID - Spanish prosecutors said they would request that the two authors of a cartoon depicting Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife each be fined 3,600 euros (4,900 US dollars).

31 August 2007

MADRID - Spanish prosecutors said they would request that the two authors of a cartoon depicting Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife each be fined 3,600 euros (4,900 US dollars).

Prosecutors are seeking to have the two convicted of "affront to the crown" and "damages to the prestige of the crown" but will not seek damages for the royal couple, a judicial source said. A date for the trial has not been set.

In July Spain's high court ordered the seizure of all copies of weekly satirical magazine El Jueves which featured the caricature on its cover, sparking a debate about press freedoms in Spain.

The court said it had acted after it received a complaint from the state prosecutor's office which argued the cartoon was "defamatory, and possibly an offence."

The two authors of the cartoon have said they had not intended to make fun of the royal family but of a government plan to pay a bonus of 2,500 euros for every baby born in Spain.

In the cartoon the prince says to Princess Letizia, who is depicted naked and kneeling on a bed in front of him: "If you get pregnant, that will be the closest to real work I have ever done in my life."

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

31 August 2007

MADRID - Spanish prosecutors said they would request that the two authors of a cartoon depicting Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife each be fined 3,600 euros (4,900 US dollars).

Prosecutors are seeking to have the two convicted of "affront to the crown" and "damages to the prestige of the crown" but will not seek damages for the royal couple, a judicial source said. A date for the trial has not been set.

In July Spain's high court ordered the seizure of all copies of weekly satirical magazine El Jueves which featured the caricature on its cover, sparking a debate about press freedoms in Spain.

The court said it had acted after it received a complaint from the state prosecutor's office which argued the cartoon was "defamatory, and possibly an offence."

The two authors of the cartoon have said they had not intended to make fun of the royal family but of a government plan to pay a bonus of 2,500 euros for every baby born in Spain.

In the cartoon the prince says to Princess Letizia, who is depicted naked and kneeling on a bed in front of him: "If you get pregnant, that will be the closest to real work I have ever done in my life."

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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