Cartoonist faces Greek jail for blasphemy
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The author is not even Greek and doesn't live in Greece! The article says "Haderer's book is the first to be banned in Greece for more than 20 years, and he is the first artist to fall prey of the European arrest warrant system since it was introduced in June 2002."
This is bizarre. OK, sure, the book could definitely offend people. According to the article, it was religious satire, "a playful look at the life of Jesus" that showed Jesus "as a binge-drinking friend of Jimi Hendrix and naked surfer high on cannabis."
But still, putting out an arrest warrant is over-the-top. Besides, I'm sure far more offensive books have been published in the past 20 years. Or even since the beginning of the European Union.
OK, I'm not up on the law of the European Union. But does this mean European artists will now have to learn the censorship laws of all the other countries in the European Union? After all, you never know when your book is going to be published in another country. (Many authors report not knowing when their book is available somewhere -- publishers tend to keep them in the dark. This author did not know his book was available in Greece.)