bbc.co.uk navigation

Tintin in the Congo not racist, court rules

Tintin Tintin in the Congo is published in the UK with a warning about its content

Related Stories

A Belgian court has rejected an application to ban a controversial Tintin book over claims it breaches racism laws.

It said it did not believe the 1946 edition of Tintin in the Congo was intended to incite racial hatred.

Congolese campaigner Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo launched legal proceedings in 2007 to get the book banned, saying its portrayal of Africans was racist.

Mr Mbutu's lawyer said he planned to appeal against the decision.

Written in the late 1920s, Tintin in the Congo was the second book Herge - real name Georges Remi - produced featuring his young reporter hero.

It was first serialised from 1930 to 31 and was then reissued in 1946.

The book tells of Tintin's escapades in the former Belgian colony and includes encounters with diamond smugglers, big game hunters and wild animals.

Tintin in the Congo has always attracted criticism, and Herge said later that he was not happy with the work.

The Belgian court said it was created at a time when colonial ideas were prevalent.

"It is clear that neither the story, nor the fact that it has been put on sale, has a goal to... create an intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating environment," the court said in its judgment.

Mr Mbutu's lawyer told Reuters his client would "take this case as far as he can".

UK editions of the book, published in English in 1991, are generally found beside more adult literature and inform readers the content could cause offence.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Starbucks coffeeNews quiz

    How did Starbucks upset Irish coffee drinkers?


  • Kid blows bubbles Class apart

    The rise and fall of China's rural poor


  • Tommy Gunn (left) and Louis Theroux (right)Hard times

    Louis Theroux on the strange lives of LA's porn stars


  • Alison Ngubuni (right) at workDramatic ventures

    The woman bringing Kenyan soap operas to African screens


Elsewhere on BBC News

Programmes

  • Pope Benedict XVIHARDtalk Watch

    What the Nobel Prize-winning HIV scientist told the Pope about condoms

BBC © 2012 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.