The Italian Almanac

Forattini, a self portrait

Italian News - January 14th

Italy's most popular cartoonist, Giorgio Forattini, is looking for a job after being controversially dropped by daily newspaper "La Stampa" in what is suspected to be a response to recent protests by readers incensed by the maestro's irreverent political sketches.

A Forattini vignette depicting Jesus Christ in a Bethlehem stable manger faced by Israeli tanks, asking "Are they going to kill me again?" generated a storm of protests.Forattini conceded that the cartoon "touched rather a delicate chord, but on the other hand that is my job".

"It was separation by mutual consent, everything happened most cordially," said Forattini after failing to win a renewal of his 500,000 annual salary.