A Spanish satirical magazine has had copies withdrawn from circulation for showing on its front page a cartoon that depicts Crown Prince Felipe having sex with his wife. The measure has reignited debate over press censorship. High Court Judge Juan Del Ormo ruled that the cartoon insults the dignity of the royal family, and ordered the seizure of all copies of that particular issue of the weekly “El Jueves”. It shows the Prince engaged in conjugal relations with his wife, and saying that it was the nearest thing he’s ever done to working. It’s a satirical reference to a new Spanish law that will see parents receive 2,500 euros for each new born baby.
The founder of “El Jueves” said that ordering copies off the shelves meant in effect the magazine has already been judged and found guilty. The Spanish media has what amounts to an unspoken agreement with the royal family to steer clear of scandal. But cartoonists at the magazine believe that, whether they agree with the choice of front page or not, they have the right to publish. Defaming Spanish royals can result in up to two years in prison. The three-year marriage of the prince and his former-newsreader wife has already produced two children.