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Dette bildet av den tunisiske fotballspilleren Sami Khedira og hans tyske venninne Lena Gercke, ble for mye for riksadvokaten i Tunisia. Han ga ordre om å pågripe redaktøren for avisen Attounisia som trykket bildet. To andre journalister ble også arrestert, men snart sluppet ut. Redaktøren derimot ble sittende åtte dager i arresten pga et bilde, og ble dømt til 665 dollar i bot.

The newspaper, Attounissia, is a tabloid created after the revolution that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali last year. It published a photograph last month of Sami Khedira, a soccer player for Real Madrid who is Tunisian and German, dressed in a tuxedo with his hands covering the breasts of his naked girlfriend, Lena Gercke, who is a German model.

The photograph angered the country’s public prosecutor, who ordered the detention of the publisher, Nasreddine Ben Saida, as well as of two senior journalists at the newspaper. The journalists were quickly released, but Mr. Ben Saida spent eight days in jail before being released on bail during a court hearing on Feb. 24.

Mr. Ben Saida was fined on Thursday for offending public morals and taste by publishing the photograph, the official news agency TAP reported. The case has led secular Tunisians to fear that the Islamist-led government will seek increasingly to censor material it deems offensive.

Tunisian Publisher Fined Over Photo