German comedian Jan Boehmermann has been slammed with a lawsuit by Turkey’s President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan after he read a satirical poem about the Turkish leader with did not go down well with him thereby creating a diplomatic headache for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The TV host related the satirical poem to the pact between the European Union and Turkey, which involves refugee and so-called economic migrant swaps, which is now being implemented in an attempt to stop the flow of migrants to Europe.
While reading the poem, the host of the late-night Neo Magazine Royale programme on public broadcaster ZDF, also made references to bestiality and accusations that the Turkish leader repressed minorities and mistreated Kurds and Christians.
Sources say the Turkish leader was even more vexed by the fact the incident which was aired on TV was a deliberate provocation but Merkel who is trying to mediate in the matter tried to separate the two issues but stressed her commitment to freedom of expression.
“Turkey is bearing a very big burden in relation to the Syrian civil war but all of that is completely separate from Germany’s fundamental values … freedom of the press, opinion and science apply and are completely separate from that,” she told reporters.
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