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December 16, 2013

Head Of Fifa Wins Injunction Vs. Book Of Cartoons Featuring Him

The story I read is here, originating with reporting here. This story strikes me as a straight-forward one: a public figure with resources has blocked a book of satirical cartoons that he feels could damage his reputation, and as much as it is hard for some of us to wrap our minds around this there are countries where this kind of thinking is a matter of legal concern and therefore you see injunctions like this one. Actually, I guess this kind of thing could happen just about anywhere you could find a sympathetic judge, but it seems largely idiotic. As a billion people will likely point out, this also gives the book international publicity it wouldn't have had before, and whatever negative picture comes out of the book is compounded by the person in question seeking censorious action.
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