|Editor||J.L. Martín, Jordi Sellas|
|Company||Ediciones El Jueves, S.A.|
El Jueves (Spanish for "Thursday") is a Spanish satirical weekly magazine published in Barcelona. Its complete title is "El Jueves, la revista que sale los Miércoles" ("Thursday, the magazine that comes out on Wednesdays").
Founded in 1977, it has currently between 72 and 80 pages, with about 20 pages about current political, economic or social affairs, always in an irreverent tone and in comic format. The rest are weekly strips. An extra is edited every three months with between 104 and 120 pages about a particular issue: monarchy, religion, videogames or some piece of news related to those or other topics. The magazine has had more than 1,500 issues. Its mascot is the naked jester that has appeared since the beginning on the front page.
Some of the recurring sections of El Jueves are:
- "Te lo juro News", a four-page newspaper parody with comic strips, brief humorous texts and photomontages about current national and international affairs. It's been recently suppressed.[clarification needed]
- "Recortes de la prensa seria"(serious press' reports), a section with News of the Weird-like headlines or curiosities published in ordinary press.
- "El gilipollas de la semana" (asshole of the week), about the most ridiculous person of the week according to the El Jueves contributors.
- "En familia" (as a family), letters to the editor. Usually includes the comic "Edgar, working into the Thursday",
- "Tato, sin moto y sin contrato"' Tato, motorbikeless and unemployed), the adventures of a spanish unemployed man who is alwais scavenging to somebody else, like his girlfriend.
- "Clara...De noche"(Clara...on the night), about the hard life of a prostitute.
- A poster, generally by Vizcarra.
- The editorial about the current affairs topic that is developed in the first pages of the magazine.
With the issue about United States (number 1428), another magazine was published, Mister K, which addresses children and teenagers.
In 2003, El Jueves Campus was first published, a supplement to 20 minutos with several comic strips that focused on students. It is distributed for free on the second Thursday of every month in university areas.
Seizure for insults to the Crown
The July 18, 2007 edition of the magazine was sequestered by law on July 20, for an alleged violation of laws 490.3 and 491 on insults to the Crown, since the Prince of Asturias and his wife, who were portrayed with a caricature on the front cover performing a sexual act. This cartoon referred to a new proposal of the government, where €2,500 will be given to parents for each newborn child. As the Prince has never held a paid job, the caption said that if the Princess got pregnant and they got the money, it's the closest he would ever come to working. The magazine's website was also briefly closed, but has since re-opened. On November 13, 2007, Guillermo Torres and Manel Fontdevila were found guilty of having offended the crown by vilifying "the crown in the most gratuitous and unnecessary way". They were fined €3,000 each.
Reporters without borders discussed the condemation as the first of those that declared that "slightly curtailed" freedom of the press in Spain for year 2007. The magazine and the journalists appealed to the Constitutional Court of Spain, which, declaring that it “has not been proven that the matter is not of constitutional significance,” refused to hear the appeal, thus confirming the sentence. The magazine announced that it will bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights, declaring to want to make clear that neither Torres nor Fontdevilla, the two authors, committed a crime, and added "we know it's a long path, but it's necessary to accomplish that the justice declares that a magazine cannot be seized."
- Carrillo, Marc (2007) Satira y libertad de expresion in El Periódico de Catalunya 02 August 2007
- "Spain royal sex cartoonists fined". BBC. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
- Recurso de la sentencia de El Jueves
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- Una vergonya. "El Jueves" multat. 13/11/2007
- Reporters without borders Reporters without borders 2008 Annual Report p.133
- "'El Jueves' recurre a Estrasburgo la condena por la portada de los Príncipes". Europa Press. Retrieved 2012-11-08.