Frankfurt (dpa) – A German court has barred Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini from publishing a picture belonging to German non-profit organization Mission Lifeline on his Twitter account, a court spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
If Salvini violates the court decision, he would be issued a fine of up to 250,000 euros or possibly even a prison sentence in Germany.
The image in question was taken by Lifeline ship captain Friedhold Ulonska, who was angered by Salvini’s use of his picture in spreading his anti-migrant policy.
“Matteo Salvini is using image material taken by me in his hate campaign against us migrant rescuers. He did not ask me for permission,” Ulonska explain in a statement on his move to file charges.
Axel Steier, chairman of the Dresden, Germany-based Mission Lifeline, said the NGO would act similarly in the future in cases of copyright infringement.
The court spokeswoman said the decisions refers to publications in Germany.