The satirical magazine “Titanic” will not accept the ban on his papal title picture. Before the weekend, the advocate of appeal “Titanic” will appeal against the injunction of the Hamburg Regional Court.
The chief editor Leo Fischer said on Wednesday the news agency in Frankfurt. “We draw the full legal process, and if necessary pull to the front door of Judgment Day.”
The day before the press chamber of the Court had ruled on the request of the Catholic Church that is not the title page and the back of the current “Titanic” may be offered any longer. In a breach threatens the satirical magazine a fine of up to €250 000.
The injunction against the Pope’s title screen is covered, criticized the federal DJV chairman Michael Konken. “The pope must have fallen to satire.” Benedict XVI. was portrayed by “Titanic” as a symbol of “Vatileaks” affair. “This is legitimate,” said Konken further. “Accounting for taste but the presentation falls under the Freedom of satire.”
The “Titanic” was titled “Hallelujah in the Vatican – The leak is found!” The pope from the front and back has shown – one with a yellow, one with a brown stain on the cassock. In unveiling the affair several secret documents from the Vatican had become public.
The magazine seeks to explain the opposition to the injunction so that the Pope had misunderstood the picture. “It is the cover picture does not indicate differently than we do: We celebrate with the Pope the end of Vatileaks affair. He spilled lemonade on his cassock “Fischer said. On its website provided the “Titanic” to the same images. The old cover was blackened and set a new track on the front page: there cheering and spills of the Pope with two huge bottles of lemonade.
The editor was pleased about the fact that the Vatican had acted rather late to the July issue. The total subscription circulation of around 20 000 copies had been sent, sold almost all of the kiosk edition 60000-70000 magazines. “It is very gratifying that the Pope has used so late in the spring,” said Fischer. On the Internet, books were sold on Wednesday for some prices around €20 – on a copy stand costs four Euros.
“Titanic” has sounded even more the limits of satire: In 1993, the magazine had a cover with the SPD politician Björn Engholm (SPD) in the tub – an allusion to the death of Uwe Barschel (CDU) – 40 000 marks to pay for pain and suffering. According to the magazine, it was the highest fine that was imposed in the field of satire until then.