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.
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."
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.
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