Prize for most offensive Erdogan poem as revolt against Merkel’s censorship grows


The Spectator magazine is offering a prize for most offensive poem to Turkish President Recept Erdogan.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/introducing-the-president-erdogan-offensive-poetry-competition/

The prize comes as Germany’s Justice Minister is preparing to pass legislation in the next few days to abolish the country’s blasphemy law to prevent the prosecution of a German comedian.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said he will take steps to abolish the country’s lese majeste law immediately after a rebellion against Angela Merkel for her decision to prosecute  comedian Jan Bohmermann for insulting Erdogan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/21/merkel-faces-rebellion-over-prosecution-of-comedian-accused-of-i/

http://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article154588549/Maas-will-Paragraf-103-sofort-abschaffen.html

Nearly two thirds of Germans or 65% oppose Merkel’s decision to allow Bohmermann to be prosecuted, according to a media poll.

http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/infratest-umfrage-boehmermann-101.html

Will aim to submit something to the Spectator myself. A poem about mad dictators Merkel and Erdogan seeing eye to eye on censorship will make a pleasant change from writing appeals and criminal charges in my own personal media censorship battle.

 

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