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    Italian Town Hit by Earthquake Sues Charlie Hebdo Over Cartoon – Lawyer

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    Administration of the Italian town of Amatrice devastated by a recent earthquake filed on Monday a lawsuit against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that issued controversial cartoons about the disaster, Mario Cicchetti, a lawyer representing interests of Amatrice, said.

    ROME (Sputnik) – After the earthquake Charlie Hebdo issued a cartoon comparing victims of the disaster with Italian dishes.

    That is not the first controversial work of Charlie Hebdo — the magazine's cartoons published following the 2015 Russia's plane crash in Egypt caused public outrage in Russia.

    "This morning we filed a lawsuit as we believe that this is unthinkable to offend victims of a natural disaster," Cicchetti said, as quoted by Aska News media outlet.

    On August 24, a 6.0-magnitude quake shook central Italy, causing damage across numerous towns and resulting in the deaths of over 290 people. The earthquake was followed by multiple aftershocks.

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