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German chancellor under fire for agreeing to Turkish president’s request for prosecution of Jan Böhmermann
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a Turkish request to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Merkel insisted her government’s decision did not amount to a verdict on whether Jan Böhmermann was guilty or not, but should be understood as a reaffirmation of the judiciary’s independence.
“In a constitutional democracy, weighing up personal rights against freedom of the press and freedom of expression is not a matter for governments, but for public prosecutors and courts,” Merkel said in a press conference on Friday.
The chancellor expressed “grave concerns” about the prosecution of individual journalists in Turkey, as well as growing limitations to the right to protest, but emphasised Germany’s close diplomatic ties with the country.
Merkel was left with the final decision on whether Germany’s state prosecutor should start proceedings against Böhmermann after Erdoğan requested the comedian be prosecuted.
Under an obscure paragraph of Germany’s criminal code, prosecution for insults against organs or representatives of foreign states requires both a notification from the offended party and an authorisation from the government.
ETA: Does this means that Merkel supports the Charlie Hebdo shooting?? didn't Germany support france, and the right to make satire and free speech??
originally posted by: Dumbass
So in order to prosecute an artist or journalist the government of Germany needs to approve it. And they just did. Wtf is wrong with them, so long for free speech and free journalism, it is another sad day in Germany.
originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: moebius
An awful lot of double-speak involved with this case. They keep telling us this law is stupid (and came up with a promise to change it) but dare to use it for The Shahdogan regardless.
Which is it then?
Given the 'police-protection' we're even talking about a case of censorship, don't tell me sh!t about possible attacks. That's just a ridiculous pretext to cancel the show. Free press yadayada, we're Charlie! But we better keep our mouths shut now.
originally posted by: ColeYounger
a reply to: Dumbass
Merkel should agree to the Turkish president's terms on the condition that Germany (and the rest of the world)
be allowed to prosecute the makers of the "Turkish Star Wars" film. Unquestionably the worst movie ever produced: