The German government has given Turkey the go-ahead for its lawsuit against Jan Böhmermann. The satirist had recited a poem about Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on TV. Now it's up to a German court to decide if he’s guilty of defamation.
The Hamburg court ruling has said that parts of German satirist Jan Böhmermann's poem are an "attack" on Turkish President Erdogan.
German media were sent scrambling after a report circulated on Twitter of a split in the decades-old alliance of conservative Christian parties. The tip didn't come from a public broadcaster, but a satirical magazine.
Jan Böhmermann wants to fight online hate speech with an army of "love" trolls. The controversial satirist has said more than 50,000 people have already signed up to serve on the digital frontline.
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."
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