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Judge orders "Playboy" magazine to recall August issue at request of priest and Catholic organisation

(IPYS/IFEX) - Rio de Janeiro judge Osvaldo Freixinho ordered the Brazilian version of "Playboy" magazine to recall its August issue which contained a photograph of actress Carol Castro, semi-nude and posing with a rosary. The recall was requested by the Rio-based Pela Vida Catholic youth institute and a priest from Goiás identified as Lodi.

Ricardo Brajterman, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said that the photograph "hurt the feelings of believers". According to Brajterman, the decision also ordered the magazine to refrain from using religious elements in future articles that include nudes. In February, Brajterman also obtained a court order prohibiting a parade float with allegorical references to the Holocaust from entering Rio's carnival.

The magazine says it has not yet been notified of Freixinho's ruling. If the magazine fails to follow the judge's order after being notified, it could be ordered to pay as much as 1,000 Reals (approx. US$617) per day in fines.

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