Saturday, 7 June 2014

Censorship: FEMEN return but satirical magazine gets pulped.

FEMEN International

A couple of days ago FEMEN reported that their Face book page had been taken down without any kind of warning but undeterred they are back!

Leave a message of solidarity on their new page:

Photo: FEMEN is an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with the slogans and crowned with flowers.
FEMEN female activists are the women with special training, physically and psychologically ready to implement the humanitarian tasks of any degree of complexity and level of provocation. FEMEN activists are ready to withstand repressions against them and are propelled by the ideological cause alone. FEMEN is the special force of feminism, its spearhead militant unit, modern incarnation of fearless and free Amazons.

In other news the comics website Bleeding Cool reports:

El Jueves is a Spanish satirical magazine published for 39 years, weekly every Wednesday. Which is why it translates as “The Thursday”.

Except this weeks issue, because it featured the story this week’s abdication of King Juan Carlos I, after four decades on the throne, and the anticipated coronation of new King Felipe VI on the cover. It was a rather topical story and inspired the cartoon above featuring the old king passing on a shit filled fly-ridden crown to his successor, a cover drawn by Manel Fontdevila.

For context, in recent years there has been much scandal regarding the king, such as the outrage during the pits of Spanish recession and bank collapse that he took a luxury elephant-hunting trip to Botswana in 2012 with a suspected mistress. Then his daughter, Princess Cristina was suspected of involvement with her husband’s alleged corrupt business dealings. And two suspected illegitimate children had their cases thrown out against him because the court considers the King unable to be tried. And this week, in ill health, the king declared he was stepping down, amidst much anti-royal rhetoric.

But that’s not rhetoric shared by the owners of the publishers, RBA, it seems. After seeing the printed cover, they demanded RBA pulp all 60,000 printed copies of the publication.

After the decision was handed down, a number of cartoonists and writers quit the magazine in protest… including the cover artist.


Bleeding Cool conclude...

It’s worth pointing out that without this action, 60,000 people would have seen the cartoon. Now that it has been pulped, millions will now see it instead…

Stand up to censorship!

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