German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted Turkey's request to allow a criminal probe of comedian Jan Böhmermann, who read out a crude satirical poem mocking President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on German TV. The case has even split Merkel's cabinet.
German comedian Jan Böhmermann appeared on US national TV, striking a chord with late night show host Seth Meyers. Böhmermann disclosed some of his personal experiences being sued by the Turkish president.
Germany's parliament has voted to scrap its law protecting heads of state and governments from insults. The decision comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to indict a prominent German satirist.
Hundreds of supporters of detained German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel have held a concert in a packed Frankfurt theater to demand his release from prison. Yucel was arrested in Turkey three months ago.
A court in Germany kept in place a ban on the more explicit passages of a satirical poem about Turkey's President Erdogan. Comedian Jan Böhmermann caused a diplomatic row when he read the poem on his TV show last year.
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