Police protection for comedian who insulted Turkish President

Police protection for comedian who insulted Turkish President

German TV comic, Jan Boehmermann, above, has been placed under police protection after he read an ‘obscene’ poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he accused of having sex with goats and sheep.

Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against the satirist in a case that has prompted a debate in Germany over freedom of speech. The German lawyer acting on behalf of President Erdogan said on Tuesday night that his client wanted Boehmermann to be punished:

To get him back on the right path.

German prosecutors, according to this report, are investigating whether Boehmermann broke a law against insulting foreign leaders.

Public broadcaster ZDF announced on Tuesday that his weekly satire programme would not go ahead this week because of:

The vast amount of media reporting and the resulting focus on the programme and its presenter.

This BBC report explains that his poem was broadcast days after the Turkish government complained to the German ambassador to Ankara about a satirical song on another German channel which mocked Erdogan’s authoritarian style of government.


Meanwhile, senior German conservative politician Andreas Scheuer, above, said Erdogan’s response was “hard to bear” and that Europe should not abandon its enlightened principles.

The general secretary of the CSU, sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, added political Islam was undermining integration.He insisted that German must become the language of the country’s mosques, and that foreign funding from Turkey and Saudi Arabia must stop.

Asked about Turkey’s role in funding German mosques, he called for an Islam law that prevented foreign and sometimes extreme values from being imported from abroad.

Financing of mosques or Islamic kindergartens from abroad, such as from Turkey or Saudi Arabia, must be stopped. All imams have to be trained in Germany and must share our values. German must become the language of the mosque.

Some three million people in Germany have at least one parent from Turkey and most mosques in Germany are part of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), a branch of the main Turkish religious authority.

While many of Germany’s imams do come from Turkey and are seen as officials of the Turkish state, several German universities have set up Islamic centres in recent years with the aim of training a new generation. Several Muslim communities have also moved to free themselves of influence from Ankara.

14 responses to “Police protection for comedian who insulted Turkish President”

  1. David Anderson says:

    Oh yes, Turkey, that secular islamic state that puts newspaper editors in gaol and wants to become a member of the EU.

    “German prosecutors, according to this report, are investigating whether Boehmermann broke a law against insulting foreign leaders.”


    “Meanwhile, senior German conservative politician Andreas Scheuer, above, said Erdogan’s response was “hard to bear” and that Europe should not abandon its enlightened principles”

    Have to go to iron that.

  2. Newspaniard says:

    Let me see… The corrupt, islamofascist leader of a barbaric state is complaining about a poem, which he describes as obscene? What is far more obscene is the way he interns, without trial, anyone who has the temerity to make even the mildest observation against his tyrannical rule. The Germans are “thinking about whether the author has committed a crime”. WTF? Is Germany now part of the Ottoman Empire?

  3. Stuart H. says:

    What’s to decide? Politicians like Erdogan insult humanity just by continuing to breathe.

  4. Barry Duke says:

    Breaking news just in:

    “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday her government was still examining a request from Turkey to prosecute a German satirist who recited a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on television.

    “The consultations … are continuing and we will inform you when they are over,” Merkel told a news conference.

  5. L.Long says:

    This shows the stupidity of Erdogan, as everyone with a brain bigger than an ant’s butt knows that as a leader the more people bad mouth you, you know you are doing a good job, whether for good or bad!

  6. Brian says:

    One very good reason to get out of the EU …. that Turkey wants to get in.I have been to Turkey …once to a rather out of the way fairly backward place on the coast 50 miles from Antalya … and the local youths were very very intimidating and hostile to kuffars.They wanted my custom (money) but it service with a sneer.Very very unpleasant … no wish to go back.

  7. andym says:

    I wonder why Erdogan just doesn’t use libel laws if he’s been so defamed.UK libel laws are so wide and heavily in favour of the plaintiff, I suspect he could sue in London if he wanted. But if he did, presumably his whole record would be openly discussed to find out if his character has been besmirched regardless of whether the allegations are true or not.

    In a way, it might not be such a bad thing if the German govt. did pursue the prosecution. I suspect it would lead to a massive backlash against the law, and a reaffirmation of the fact that there is no right not to be offended, whoever and whatever you are.

  8. AgentCormac says:

    Under Erdogan’s regime Turkey has been sliding ever-more alarmingly towards the kind of hardline muslim state that would make it the complete antithesis of a NATO or EU member. Yet it is already a NATO member. This is how Erdogan’s thugs – sorry, the police – deal with those irritating Kurdish people.

  9. RussellW says:

    Well, the Ottomans only got as far as the gates of Vienna, it appears that Sultan Erdogan has a much longer reach.
    Cross Turkey off the list of ‘secular’ and ‘democratic’ majority Muslim countries, that leaves only Indonesia, LOL.

  10. 1859 says:

    I’m with Newspaniard on this one – Erdogan doesn’t like satire. He doesn’t like criticisim full stop. Rulers who persecute those who take the piss and criticise them are narrow-minded dictators at heart. As Francis Bacon wrote over 500 years ago – ‘The tyrant he doeth like the ape, that the higher he climbs the more he doth show his arse.’

  11. Trevor blake says:

    ” political Islam was undermining integration.”

    Non-political Islam exists only in the minds of non-Muslims. Every Quran printed states plainly and every Muslim on the planet knows well that Islam is as much a system of government as it is a religion. Just like the popular strain of Tibetan Buddhism was until the 1950s. Except Tibetan Buddhism has renounced slavery. Not so much renunciation of slavery in the Quran.

  12. barriejohn says:

    The German criminal inquiry is to go ahead. You couldn’t fucking make it up!

  13. Great Satan says:

    So the German police are devoting their time to investigating a comedian – shame they do not spend some time looking into this, er . “cultural contribution” from a Turkish Muslim gang in Germany ;

  14. Daz says:

    Great Satan

    Well apparently they are looking into the group. [Link] Quite why the eleventy-one right-wing-arsehole sites I had to wade through all tried to insinuate that the police were blindly ignoring them is a mystery. Oh, okay, it’s not. It’s standard RWA rhetoric.