Defamation? Germany launches criminal probe into satirical poem about Erdogan — RT News

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...

English: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Third Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an amazing story published by Russia’s leading news agency RT. It reports that a German prosecutor’s office has confirmed that it is investigating if TV comedian Jan Böhmermann violated the law by reciting a “defamatory poem” about Turkish President Erdogan, while Chancellor Angela Merkel called the piece “deliberately insulting.”

Source: Defamation? Germany launches criminal probe into satirical poem about Erdogan — RT News

‘Deliberately insulting’ is a weasel expression. Satire is part of Western culture and a part of a free society.

Two open questions readily come to mind:

  1. Whilst one must respect the laws of Germany, I wonder if there was political pressure to start the criminal probe?
  2. Surely, it’s no coincidence that Erdogan has Merkel over a barrel with regard to refugees.

Thoughts?

One response

  1. Dr Alf is right ,Merkel,Cameron and Tusk are all in thrall to Erdogan who out negotiated them all and until someone stands up to him ,holds all the cards.
    The actions of the German prosecutor are meant to silence legitimate criticism of a bloody and tyrannical dictator which is what Erdogan is.The timing of Merkel’s comments is designed to give credence to the misguided actions of the prosecutor who is now little more than Merkel’s “sock puppet”.

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