The quake-devastated town of Amatrice in Italy filed a lawsuit on Monday against Charlie Hebdo for “aggravated defamation.”
The French so-called satirical magazine issued what the lawyer of the community Mario Ciccheti called “a macabre, senseless and inconceivable insult” to the towns’ victims.
The case is filed in Italy, and it is regional magistrates that will now decide whether to investigate the case against the cartoonists and the magazine’s director.
The tomato-based pasta dish inspired what Charlie Hebdo cartoonist considered a satirical depiction of the death of 180 people. The cartoon entitled “Earthquake Italian style” depicts scratched woman labelled “Penne au gratin” next to a mass of dead people labelled “lasagna.”
A 6,2 quake flattened Amatrice on August 24.
Last Friday Charlie Hebdo responded to criticism with another cartoon depicting a man under rubles with the label “Italians … it’s not Charlie Hebdo who built your homes, it’s the mafia!”
On social media, the reception of the cartoons was damning, as it often is, to the benefit of Charlie Hebdo.
(ANSA, Washington Post, Al Jazeera)