Böhmermann suspends his show, German political crisis

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(FILES) A composite image of two file photos of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L), dated from 12 August 2015, and of German ZDF Neo host Jan Boehmermann (R), dated from 06 February 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced 15 April 2016 that the German government will allow the German justice system to prosecute Boehmermann for his offensive poem about Turkish President Erdogan.

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German comedian Jan Böhmermann will take a four-week break from his Neo Magazin Royale TV show, while his satirical poem about the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being reviewed by the court.

The public broadcaster ZDF said they respected Böhmermann’s decision and would provide him with legal aid.

In a statement he said that his break would allow the public and the internet to shift their focus to important things. He said he would benefit from the break to learn about freedom of...


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