The Washington Post has a major editorial “Will Germany defend free expression? Turkey’s leader tries to export repression by demanding Berlin prosecute a comedian”. The online version inserts “Ms. Merkel” into the title.
The case concerns a March 31 show by comedian Jan Bohmermann, where he makes fun of Turkey’s president Erdgogan. “Abusive criticism” of a foreign leader is now allowed under German law, although satire is.
Turkey is supposed to be a moderate Islamic country and friend of the US. But Erdgoan’s behavior, jailing journalists, seems hard to get. And it is a dangerous precedent if a non-western less democratic country can blackmail a western country to prosecute one of it’s citizens for speech within the western country. What about SNL? The case even loops back to returning Syrian refugees.