A satirical poem lands a German comedian in legal trouble:
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government granted Turkey’s request to proceed with legal action against a German satirist who derided President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, risking a domestic backlash over freedom of expression.
“We’re allowing this because we are confident of the strong justice system in our state,” Merkel told reporters in Berlin Friday.
“Strong” might be underselling it. Try “oppressive” or “tyrannical”. As Mark Steyn observes of Merkel: “You can take the girl out of East Germany, but you can’t take the East Germany out of the girl.” Further on this troubling case:
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus on Monday said the German comedian had committed a “heavy crime against humanity” by insulting the Turkish head of state. ”No one has the right to insult” Erdogan, Kurtulmus told reporters. (Tim Blair)
Merkel surrenders free speech to Turkey
A pathetic surrender of free speech to the Muslim world – and from the German leader who imported 1 million illegal immigrants in just one year:
Angela Merkel came under fire from free speech campaigners after agreeing to a demand from Turkey that a German comedian who accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of bestiality in a TV broadcast should be prosecuted.
In a surprise decision that split her government, she said that judges would now have to decide whether Jan Bohmermann should be convicted under rarely used legislation against “insulting a foreign head of state”.
The German Chancellor was immediately lambasted for “kowtowing” to the Turkish president, whose support she badly needs to implement an EU agreement to take back illegal migrants caught entering Europe.
She had been put on the spot by Bohmermann, 35, when he provocatively mocked the Turkish leader on the German public broadcaster ZDF on March 31, falsely suggesting in a comic poem that he hit girls, watched child pornography and engaged in bestiality with farmyard animals.
Remember when this hypocrite marched in the “Je suis charlie” protests against the Islamist massacre of Charlie Hebdo writers and cartoonists, vowing to defend free speech?