Jan Böhmermann, born in 1981, is a German satirist and television and radio host. He has also produced videos and published books.
Known in Germany for his biting satires, Jan Böhmermann has worked extensively as a radio and television host in Germany, mainly in the area of comedy and entertainment. He has frequently made headlines and raised eyebrows with his controversial satire projects. In the #Varoufakis affair in 2015, he broadcast a manipulated video, which showed Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis showing his middle finger. He took Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to task in 2016 with a satirical and snide poem. Böhmermann provokes with his work - and stirs up critical discourse in Germany on the boundaries of satire and freedom of speech.
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."
German prosecutors have rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appeal of a decision to drop an investigation into the TV reading of a poem by satirist Jan Böhmermann. The case caused diplomatic friction.
German prosecutors have found insufficient evidence to charge comedian Jan Böhmermann for his televised poem insulting Turkey's president. Böhmermann was responding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lust for libel litigation.