BRAZIL: No Nudes Is...

Brazil's prim, puritanical military government, which last January banned certain erotic drawings by Pablo Picasso as obscene, has moved ahead with its campaign to keep the country pure and clean. In a tough new press-censorship decree, it banned 60 foreign and domestic magazines—including Playboy, Penthouse, Lui and, curiously, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel—because they offended "morality and proper behavior" by exploiting erotic themes. The decree also provided that all magazines circulating in Brazil must henceforth submit copies to police censors to determine whether they conform to government standards. If the journals are not approved, the distribution of all future...

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