The Case Jan Böhmermann Part 1
Comedic introduction and roundup by John Oliver on the case
Recep Tayyip Erdogan versus comedian Jan Böhmermann
on HBO "Last Week Tonight".
After vigorous reactions of the Turkish administration
on satirical German broadcast "Extra 3" and the "Erdogan Song",
Jan Böhmermann reacted in a show
and explained the difference between an unprohibited satire
like the "Extra 3 Erdogan Song"
and a smear poem, not permitted in Germany.
To bring it home what a not permitted smear poem is,
he performed an Erdogan smear poem,
which later became a political and juridical issue initiated by Erdogan.
On a solo run, against Cabinet of Ministers,
Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted double lawsuits
intended by the German lawyer of Erdogan against Jan Böhmermann
to be summoned to court.
Chancellor Angela Merkel invoked to follow the legal framework,
critics say she bypassed legal framework already before,
barged in with a phone call to Ankara earlier on.
On a final note,
the critical perception of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s
"dirty refugee deal" with Turkey and her spineless politics to keep it up
brought up the issue of an overlay on constitutional rights like freedom of speech.
What is not known, Turkish citizens reported some time later,
in Turkey the preamble of "satire vs smear poem" was cut
and solely broadcasts the smear poem.
Cutting the preamble is expected to be used as propaganda
to pretended a pure act of offense against the leader of Turkey,
to call nationhood and to tie up a divided country
by arguing not only Erdogan was offended but all Turkish people.
The prompt question is,
how could it be comedians (in this case)
have to fight for constitutional rights
which is a mandatory instruction to politicians ?
© "Last Week Tonight" HBO
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