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Merkel lets comedian face prosecution for Erdoğan poem | World news | The Guardian

Angela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a request from Ankara to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The German chancellor insisted her government's decision did not amount to a verdict on whether Jan Böhmermann was guilty or not, but should be understood as a reaffirmation of the judiciary's independence.

"In a constitutional democracy, weighing up personal rights against freedom of the press and freedom of expression is not a matter for governments, but for public prosecutors and courts," Merkel said in a press conference on Friday.

The chancellor expressed "grave concerns" about the prosecution of individual journalists in Turkey, as well as growing limitations to the right to protest, but emphasised Germany's close diplomatic ties with the country.

by Bernard on Sat Apr 16th, 2016 at 07:44:10 AM EST
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Vintage Merkel. Not her business even though the law explicitly sttates it is. But she wants to abolish the law, which makes it the business of parliament.
by generic on Sat Apr 16th, 2016 at 01:24:18 PM EST
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There's a sign on her desk: "The buck doesn't stop here".
by Bernard on Sun Apr 17th, 2016 at 05:19:20 AM EST
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Yes, but only in 2018... and with who knows what language.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Apr 19th, 2016 at 05:13:35 AM EST
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