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German satirical magazine adds to Islam controversy

21 september 2012, 14:07
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A German satirical magazine has entered the row over an anti-Islam Internet video made in the United States and the publication by a French weekly of caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, AFP reports.

Titanic presented the front page of its October edition showing a photo montage of Bettina Wulff -- wife of former German president Christian Wulff -- being embraced by a Muslim fighter wearing a turban and brandishing a dagger.

The headline says: "West Rises Up: Bettina Wulff Makes Film About Mohammed."

The magazine, which prints 100,000 copies a month, comes out on September 28.

Editor Leo Fischer said in an interview with weekly Der Spiegel: "Now Mohammed is on everybody's lips and we are reacting."

Bettina Wulff, who does not shy away from media attention, has been in the news over the past few days after the publication of her autobiography, in which she denies stories that have swirled about an alleged previous life in which she worked as call girl under the pseudonym "Lady Viktoria".

Titanic gave its backing to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, but decided not to publish the caricatures.

Meanwhile, police said several German cities will host protests against the amateurish US-made anti-Islam film "The Innocence of Muslims" on Friday and over the weekend.

Around 800 people are expected to demonstrate Friday at Freiburg im Breisgau, in the southwest; up to 500 in the northern city of Hanover on Sunday; and others in the northern city of Cuxhaven over the weekend, police told AFP.

Police are acting on the basis that these will be peaceful protests but were ready for any possible trouble, they said.

An opinion poll carried out by the N24-Emnid institute said Thursday that 72 percent of Germans were against the film being shown in public, with just 21 percent being for it. The poll was taken among 1,000 people on Wednesday.

The German interior ministry meanwhile announced that a government poster campaign against the radicalisation of some young Muslims had been delayed.

Following federal police warnings "about the current dangers" the start of the campaign, scheduled for Friday, had been put off and no new date had been set, the ministry said.

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