Uh Oh! Sami & Lena’s GQ Picture Caused Arrests

16 Feb

Remember those hot pictures of Sami & Lena? They got some Tunisian journalists in hot water.

Tunisian journalists arrested over nude photo
By Bouazza Ben Bouazza Associated Press / February 15, 2012

TUNIS, Tunisia—The head of a Tunisian newspaper and two of its editors were arrested Wednesday for violating public morals, the Justice Ministry said, after the publishing of a photo of a sports figure with a nude woman.

The daily printed a photograph of German-Tunisian football player Sami Khedira of Real Madrid dressed in a tuxedo with his hands covering the breasts of his otherwise naked German model girlfriend, Lena Gercke.

Ministry spokesman Chokri Nafti said the prosecutor of the republic ordered the detention of Attounisia newspaper’s publisher, Nasreddine Ben Said, the editor in chief, Hbib Guizani, and the editor of the world section, Hedi Hidhri, pending the investigation. They were charged with an assault on public morality.

A journalist at the paper said it has also received phone calls threatening to burn the premises down. The building is now guarded by police.

Oh man. What a mess.

– Lozil

9 Responses to “Uh Oh! Sami & Lena’s GQ Picture Caused Arrests”

  1. shiggers February 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Some people just do not react well to hot.

  2. Jenny February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Public morality?

    This revolution thing didn’t quite work out did it?

  3. Mais February 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I completely understand why this got into a messy situation. This is not about the revolution or anything, as Arabs, we’re quite conservative, therefore when a photo is published in the local newspaper of a man and woman (regardless of whom it actually is) with the photo showing something that… revealing, it causes quite a stir. Because it’s in the local paper, ANYONE can see it. Children included. I’m sure you’d understand why that would be a tad inappropriate? It’s a tradition thing. I had no idea the law in Tunisia state publishers should get arrested. I just wanted to state our part of the story so you guys would understand why it caused such a reaction.

    • headbandsandheartbreak February 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

      I can totally see why that picture would cause an issue in a conservative country/area. It wouldn’t fly in a lot of places just because of the nudity angle.

    • maddy February 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      everything mais said times 2. laws should be respected. the newspaper asked for it. of all the pics from that shoot they had to print the most provocative one.

    • Jenny February 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      All this is true – in lots of conservative places in the US it wouldn’t fly either.

      I myself have lived in the middle east and am fully aware of these issues.

      It’s the arrest of journalists that is worrying though – not the picture. That’s a side-issue.

      • Mais February 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

        Yeah, as I said I’m not familiar with laws in Tunisia and if the arrest was a bit much and the authorities should’ve been happy with merely fining the newspaper, but that’s something for them to decide.

      • kfunk22 February 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

        Definitely an issue, but not a new one.
        Tunisia is a perennial offender in terms of infringing upon journalists’ rights. Last year, they ranked 134 out of 179 countries surveyed in the World Press Freedom Index assembled by Reporters Without Borders. That’s up from being ranked 164 in 2010.
        For further reading on the climate for reporters in Tunisia, here’s a link: http://en.rsf.org/tunisia.html

        • Jenny February 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

          Appalling. Unsurprising, of course – but appalling. And consider: in the interview Sami alluded to the uprising as a positive factor.

          Well – at least they’re “up” a little.

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