MADRID, (Reuters) - The King of Spain Juan Carlos I, is censured by Spanish media on Sunday for participating in hunting of elephants in Botswana at a time of severe economic crisis for the people in Spain . .
The press reported the cost of the picnic and criticized the lack of information of the Royal House.
The journey would have remained secret if the king had not fallen on a step and had a rib fractured. The king had to be transported to Madrid in order to be performed emergency surgical operation .
"It was an irresponsible journey, in a bad time," said the newspaper El Mundo in an editorial. "The image of a monarch hunting elephants in Africa at a time when the economic crisis creates many problem for the Spanish"
Many newspapers and television channels reported a photo of the king next to a dead elephant in 2006, a similar jtrip to Botswana in 2006.