Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, April 15, 2016

German Comedian Faces Investigation For Criticism of Turkish President

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has okayed an investigation into Jan Boehmermann's use of satire to criticize Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Under Germany's penal code, Mr. Boehmermann might be guilty of violating the statute that forbids insulting a foreign head of state in his official capacity. If prosecuted and then found guilty, Mr. Boehmermann could be sentenced to jail or ordered to pay a fine. However, Chancellor Merkel also says the German government plans to push for repeal of the law. More here from Politico.

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