A German comedian could face jail after being accused of breaking a law that prohibits insulting representatives of foreign states. Jan Boehmermann performed a satirical poem that accused the Turkish president of having sex with animals.
His poem about president Erdogan, which led to diplomatic tensions between Turkey and Germany, made him world famous: Satirist Jan Böhmermann revisits the year 2017 in a new exhibition in Düsseldorf, "Deuscthland."
With the start of the new year, Paragraph 103, the so-called "lese majesty paragraph," has been stricken from German law. Far too late, says Martin Muno, but it's good that it's finally gone.
German satirist Jan Böhmermann has threatened legal action against Merkel if she doesn't take back her statement on Böhmermann's poem about Turkish President Erdogan. Merkel had called it "purposefully offensive."
An investigative report links Ankara to a boxing gang in Germany accused of going after opponents of the Turkish government. The report ties a Turkish MP close to President Erdogan to violent criminal activity.
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