El Jueves (Spain)

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Date: 2007

Region: Europe

Subject: Explicit Sexuality Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Print Journalism


Artist: El Jueves, a satirical magazine

Confronting Bodies: Judge Juan Del Olmo

Date of Action: July, 2007

Location: Spain

Description of Artwork: The cover of the magazine features Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia having sex, while Felipe says, "Do you realize that if I get you pregnant, this will be the closest to real work I've ever done?" The cartoon is in reference to a measure put forth in Spain to reward families for having children to boost the birth rate.

The Incident: Judge Juan Del Olmo ordered that the magazine be confiscated and for the artist's name to be given, as he may receive 2 years in prison for libel against to royal family. This is the first time since 1986 that a magazine in Spain has been censored and the third time for El Jeuves, which has run for over 1500 issues.

Results of Incident: The final ruling was that the magazine be pulled. The royal palace has commented that it had nothing to do with the incident.

Source: Foxnews.com