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Cartoon in Sme causes big uproar

In July, the Sme daily published a cartoon showing a swine dressed in academic gown is handing over a diploma to a man with a pig-like nose in the midst of morphing into a pig, telling him “you have become a doctor of law. There is no better qualification for plundering this country”.

In July, the Sme daily published a cartoon showing a swine dressed in academic gown is handing over a diploma to a man with a pig-like nose in the midst of morphing into a pig, telling him “you have become a doctor of law. There is no better qualification for plundering this country”.

The Slovak Bar Association is apparently not in on the joke in Martin “Shooty” Šútovec’s cartoon as the group demands an apology for what they call an “insensitive generalisation”. The bar’s Ľubomír Hrežďovič says that the Sme cartoonist is wrong to picture lawyers as pigs, arguing that other professionals would be equally upset if they were pictured as a pig head and plunderer of this country. The chamber demands an apology for the "shameful" cartoon but Sme refused to apologise.

Hrežďovič conceals who prompted the chamber to protest against the picture. He said, as quoted by the daily in its Thursday, August 1 issue, he would not curb cartoons by means of law but he expects self-censorship from Shooty. Hrežďovič says, however, that the bar association is not considering any further legal steps even if the daily does not apologise.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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