Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Publisher Fined for Insulting Pope

From IOL: Europe:

"A Warsaw court convicted a magazine publisher on Tuesday of insulting Polish-born Pope John Paul in his satirical weekly and fined him 20 000 zlotys (about R40 000).

The court ruled that Jerzy Urban, 71, founder and publisher of the weekly magazine Nie - Polish for 'no' - illegally insulted the pope when he wrote and printed a piece making fun of John Paul's age and frailty before the pontiff's visit to Poland in August 2002.

Urban was found guilty of violating a law that bans publicly insulting foreign heads of state. The court noted that the pontiff heads the Vatican, formally an independent state."