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Tintin embroiled in race row

29th April 2010

The popular children's book series Tintin has become embroiled in a race row which revolves around an early adventure that was written in the late 1920s.

A Congolese national is attempting to have the book Tintin in the Congo banned in Belgium, which is where the series' author is from.

According to 41-year-old Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, the man behind the lawsuit, the book portrays the Congolese people as racial stereotypes.

Georges Remi, who wrote the books under the pen name Herge, has already expressed regret over the book, which he claimed reflected the prejudices of the time.

Commenting on the new case, Michael Farr, author of several books on Tintin, told the BBC Herge's work with a Nazi-controlled newspaper during World War II was another factor in how he has been perceived.

'It was something which was held against him - that he continued to work for a pro-German paper.

'He was criticised for it and investigated but was found not to have done anything culpable.'

Tintin in the Congo was the second book in the series. The first book was entitled Tintin in the Land of the Soviets.

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