Merkel Launches Criminal Probe of Satirist Accused of “Insulting Turkey’s President”

No free speech


Germany has an obscure 19th century law on the books that makes it a crime for German citizens to insult foreign heads of state.

Most obscure laws remain on the books as obscure laws never enforced, or even prosecuted.

In this case, the Merkel administration launched a criminal investigation of Jan Böhmermann, an award-winning comedian and host of Neo Magazin Royale, a late-night talk show.

Böhmermann is accused of insulting Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mercy me! Let’s not insult corrupt leaders, especially when you are in bed with them.

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