quarta-feira, 13 de abril de 2016

Merkel defends freedom of expression in the case of the comedian accused by Turkey

Tayyip Erdogan opened yesterday a lawsuit in Germany against the host of Neomagazin.

Berlin rejects to have opinions on whether to open a case against the presenter for insults against a foreign head of State.

According to the Government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, "freedom of artistic and scientific opinion is something important and nonnegotiable to the Chancellor, both within and outside the country".

Jan Böhmermann had read a satirical poem, at the end of March, on public television, where he criticized the Turkish Government's repression, accusing the President of "pedophilia" and "zoophilia".

For Ulrich Schellenberg, President of the German Bar Association, "nobody wants to hear this kind of stuff, about yourself or about someone close. I believe that the limits of freedom of expression have been exceeded. However, it remains to know if these statements can be seen as a work of art, for which there is a greater tolerance ".

An insult uttered in the name of freedom of expression, according to the comic, which incurs in a penalty of up to 3 years in prison, if Berlin validate the charges, and up to 1 year, if the courts retain only the complaint from Erdogan.

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