A UK-based magazine has offered a prize to the author of the most offensive poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, under the heading ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’.
The winning poem will be announced by 23 June. And they will be offered with £1,000 reward in England.
Earlier this month a German television aired a programme featuring comedian Jan Boehmermann who made fun of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which led to a criminal investigation against him and the show, has been removed from YouTube.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also given her nod to the criminal investigation against the comedian. The law says .”Whosoever insults a foreign head of state, or, with respect to his position, a member of a foreign government who is in Germany in his official capacity, or a head of a foreign diplomatic mission who is accredited in the Federal territory shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine, in case of a slanderous insult to imprisonment from three months to five years.”
Announcing the competition. The British journalist Douglas Murray who is unhappy with Merkel’s decision wrote. “The fact such a trial could even be contemplated demonstrates that Germany is becoming little more than a satrapy [province] of Erdogan’s.”
“I’m a free-born British man… In honour of this fact I have spent the weekend writing rude limericks about Mr Erdogan.
“And I would hereby like to invite all readers to join me in a grand Erdogan limerick competition.”