Jeunes et Naturels

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Jeunes et Naturels was a French-languare language naturist magazine printed in the United Kingdom by Peenhill Ltd., publishers of Britain's best-known naturist magazine, Health and Efficiency. Peenhills also published Jung & Frei, with the same illustrations but with German text.[1]

Jung & Frei began publishing in July 1987 and ran through at least January, 1987.[1] Jeunes et Naturels may have had a similar lifespan. The journal appeared monthly, sold on newsstands and by subscription. It presented articles and pictures featuring people practicing naturism, teens or children of both sexes, often accompanied by their parents, and not having any allusion or sexual connotation.

French repression

In April 1986, the French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, decided to launch a media offensive to 'fight against pornography' - both homosexual and child pornography-, inaugurated a Museum of horrors. Its targets were publications such as Jeunes et Naturels, Gai Pied hebdo[2], L’Écho des Savannes[3] and even the magazine Photo[4], also the books of photographs of Bernard Alapetite, and bookshops specialized in this field, such as Le Scarabée d’Or.

As a result of this, suspicion was thrown against magazines disseminating naturist photos or artistic nudes of minors, the intensification of pedo-hysteria in France resulted in a 1995 ban on newsstands sales of Jeunes et Naturels, accused of being a "pedophile review". This mode of distribution was vital for the magazine’s survival and it ceased publication.

However in 1997, a decision of the Joint Committee of the publications and news agencies reversed this decision, [2] but times had changed, the journal never more reappeared on newsstands.

British arrests at publisher

In 1996, British police raided the offices of the publisher seized photographs, negatives and printing plates, and arrested three people.[3] One of those arrested was Peenhill's company secretary. (needs source)

German restrictions rejected, then imposed

German Wikipedia says attempts to "index" Jung & Frei were made in 1986 and again in 1992, but rejected by courts on both occasions. However, in 1996, "increasing public pressure" was examined again. With the argument that protection of minors also includes protection against sexual assault by pedophiles, to which these issues would encourage them, the magazines were indexed. The magazine was not banned in Austria or Switzerland. Jung & Frei ceased to appear a few months later.[1]

US Courts ruled magazines not obscene

A three judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit Court ruled on October 23, 2000, that the magazine is not obscene.[4] That does not mean that these magazines would be considered legal in the United States today. They can still be found on online auction sites.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [1] German Wikipedia article on Jung & Frei
  2. La décision du CPPAP (link is dead)
  3. Child porn police raid naturist magazine. Sunday Mirror (London, England) July 14, 1996
  4. 230 F.3d 649 (3rd Cir. 2000) United States of America v. Various Articles of Merchandise. Schedule No. 287 Alessandra's Smile, Inc., Appellant. No. 00-5124

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External links

  • Some pictures from Jeunes et Naturels July 1995 issue (thumbnails with censored enlargements).
  • Some pictures from Jeunes et Naturels August 1993 issue (thumbnails with censored enlargements).