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There Once Was A Turkish ... British Magazine Invites Erdogan-Mocking Limericks - NPR

In Germany, obscene mockery of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could potentially land you in court — as comedian Jan Boehmermann discovered last week. In the U.K., obscene mockery of Erdogan could land you £1000. British journalist Douglas ...and more »

Hear someone insult Erdogan? Report it to us, says Turkish consulate in the Netherlands. - Washington Post

What should someone in the Netherlands do if someone says something "derogatory" or "defamatory" about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan? According to an email sent out by Ankara's consulate in Rotterdam, Turkish organizations in the country should write ...and more »

For Angela Merkel, the Böhmermann affair is just a sideshow - Financial Times

Would it be sexist to say that the current harrumphing over the Böhmermann affair carries some distinctly male overtones? Possibly. But it must be said. Because it's true. In this latest (and silliest) incarnation of the German Question, it is alleged ...and more »

Insulting foreign leaders is also punishable in Switzerland - swissinfo.ch

A group gathered outside a venue hosting one of Germany's most prestigious media awards lifts a photo of talk show host Jan Böhmermann, indicating he's "missing" from the ceremony. Böhmermann created a storm when he insulted the Turkish president on ...and more »

Turkish hotline for Erdogan insults angers Dutch - BBC News

The Turkish consulate in Rotterdam has infuriated Dutch MPs by calling on Turkish groups in the Netherlands to inform it of insults against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Several MPs complained of the "long arm of the Turkish state" while the Dutch PM ...and more »

Europe's blasphemy and defamation laws threaten democratic values, critics say - Washington Post

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has often been accused of deliberately pursuing vague policies to avoid being criticized. Her opponents believe that's what happened Friday when she allowed the prosecution of a German comedian for insulting Turkish ...and more »

British magazine: Send us your rude poems about Turkey's Erdogan - Washington Post

Earlier this month, a vulgar poem aired on German television poked fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was part satirical, part scatological, and mostly certainly offensive. And it led to a predictable backlash from Turkey, where ...and more »

Germany's Decision to Prosecute Böhmermann Is a Spineless Capitulation to an Irrational Turkey - Huffington Post

BERLIN — Few knew the German satirist and talk show host Jan Böhmermann until earlier this month, when he triggered a bilateral crisis between Germany and Turkey by reciting a vituperative poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Böhmermann ...and more »

Angela Merkel's misstep doesn't justify Brexit - Chicago Tribune

Advocates of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union have pounced on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ill-advised decision to allow the prosecution of satirist Jan Boehmermann for an obscene poem about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. To ...and more »

Turkey free speech row goes EU-wide - EUobserver

Turkey has said Dutch authorities should throw the book at a Dutch comedian the same way German authorities treated a German comic for insulting Turkey's president. The Turkish embassy to the EU told EUobserver on Friday (22 April) that Hans Teeuwen ...and more »