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Torres, Eduardo Cintra

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Jornal de Negócios - Portugal | 09/10/2008

Lisbon censors xenophobic poster

Lisbon's municipal authorities have ordered the removal of an anti-immigration poster put up by the right-wing extremist Portuguese National Renewal Party (PNR). But according to the daily Jornal de Negócios this censorship is exactly what the PNR had hoped to achieve. "A single poster against immigration has sufficed to get copies of it printed in all the media. ... On the right-hand side of the poster is a map of Portugal ... with a white sheep kicking a black sheep off the map. ... Although the sentence: 'Immigration? We say no!' features at the top of the poster, it doesn't establish a direct connection between the black sheep and black immigrants. This is left to the person looking at the poster. ... It was an overreaction to order ...  the removal of the poster ... because the town hall's task is simply to analyse what is actually written and drawn rather than assess subjective messages. The censorship ... is a more serious problem than the message itself because it aims to fight extremists with the weapons of extremism."

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