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Swiss magazine defends picture of Roma boy holding toy gun after complaints from gypsies that it's like 'Nazi propaganda'

By
Rick Dewsbury

PUBLISHED:
14:08, 12 April 2012

UPDATED:
14:59, 12 April 2012

A Swiss magazine has defended
using a picture of a Roma child waving a toy gun after gypsy groups
complained that it was like 'Nazi propaganda'.Zurich weekly Weltwoche used the image to illustrate an article
that was intended to highlight the use of children to commit burglaries
and street thefts.They said
today that the front-page picture of the youngster was 'justified' and
highlighted growing 'crime tourism' in Switzerland


'Justified': A Roma child holds a toy gun in a picture used by Swiss
magazine Weltwoche that has drew complaints of racism from campaigners
But it drew harsh criticism from gypsy groups and lawsuits have been filed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Roma groups and anti-racism
campaigners have now accused the magazine of whipping up racial
prejudices against ethnic minorities in Europe.Die Weltwoche deputy editor Philipp Gut accepted that the picture had caused outrage but said it was justified.


Controversial: The weekly magazine published the article with the
accompanying picture to highlight a 'serious problem' but is now being
subjected to lawsuits

In a video message published on its
website earlier this week, Mr Gut, who is one of the co-authors of the
article, said that 'crime tourism' in Switzerland was largely carried
out by Roma gangs from Eastern Europe.He said it was a 'current and serious problem.'

The photograph of the child symbolized 'the fact that Roma gangs misuse
their children for criminal purposes,' he told the Swiss newspaper
SonntagsZeitung. The article was headlined 'They come, they steal and they go'.

It went on: 'Roma families from Eastern Europe are responsible for a large part of the increasing crime tourism.'

It used a picture supplied by an agency that was taken in 2008 by Italian photographer Livio Mancini.

He had been photographing children playing on a garbage dump at the time and the child had been fooling around with a toy gun.

The in-depth report looked at issues
such as prostitution and the use of children for begging and theft. It
conceded that now all Roma are involved in the crime tourism.

However, the piece still caused an outcry from gypsy groups. The article caused
racial incitement, according to the Central Council of German Sinti and
Roma.The Central Council
said it had made a court order to try to get the magazine blocked from
Germany and to file a complaint for racial incitement and libel.They likened the article to Nazi propaganda because 'it gave the impression that criminality was caused by ethnic origin'.

Similar court action was also under way in Austria and Switzerland, although
the upset was particularly strong in Germany where half a million
gypsies were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.Austrian
journalist Klaus Kamolz, one of the people who complained about the
article and pictures, said that he wanted to send a 'symbolic signal'
against the 'blanket condemnation of Roma as criminals.'
Peter Studer, a former president of the Swiss Press Council, said it was an 'outrageous picture' with 'racist overtones.'

Switzerland's Federal Commission against Racism (EKR) said earlier this week that the
commission would investigate the Weltwoche article.


Added: Apr-12-2012 
By: gemini
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  • Nazis? I thought that was the new CD for rapper Joe C

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  • That's just one more hype in the german leftist's media about someone telling the truth. It's obvious that all those who shout "Nazi, Holocaust" now do not argue in any way with the content of the article, the facts that are mostly taken from police reports. Even the german leftist's magazin "Der Spiegel" wrote some months ago, that there is a problem with gipsies in Germany and other EU-countries. But the german media always blame the Germans ("Nazi genes", no cult More..

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  • Minorites are a problem! Fact: anything can be said about a minority and they will always backlash and exclaim racism and inequality.

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  • Hand over all ur fucking lollies!

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  • Fun facts - it wasn't the gypsies that complained.

    The first people were other journalist filing lawsuits against "Die Weltwoche"

    The title is misleading... the guy was even Austrain that filed the lawsuit.

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  • "Crime tourism" haha never heard that before.

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    • @NakedPray: You lucky one! This is a daily experience in Germany: Romanians, Bulgarians, Turks and other from east-european countries, coming to Germany and dismounting railways and high-voltage-power-lines to sell the steel and copper in russia or elsewhere! Everybody knows, noone cares!

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    • @markwillihans Germans are tough right? Just start kicking the shit out of them everyday 'till they stop! Sense when does Germany take shit off of anyone?

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    • @NakedPray it's mainly the EU which is to blame for the problem most western European countries are having with the Roma and criminals from eastern European countries.

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    • @gemini Does west European and the term "Western" mean white folks? To me western means COWBOY!!! lol I'm a bit drunk and it's only 2:45 central lol but it's a real question all the same.

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    • @NakedPray Western European countries are, UK, France, Germany etc. Because of EU rules we are forced to open our borders to people from eastern Europe.

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  • doesnt look like a toy gun to me

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  • Gyspsies are the scum of the earth

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  • bloody gypsies scum of the earth

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  • investigate SHIT.. fuckin loser country, no freedom of speech.

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