Germany vs. Turkey: Satire stirs free speech fears


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(1) 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.

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    ‘While the German government defended the earlier satirical song as legitimate free speech, [ZDF] … distanced itself from the poem, volunteering the opinion last week that it was “deliberately offensive.”’

    And so what if it was? Does anyone in a “free” Western nation understand the concept of free speech anymore? Or maybe they do understand but no longer care about preserving it.

  • How about if a Head of State insults a citizen? They’ve forgotten that they are our employees — we are their employer and we outnumber them a million to one. All we have to do to remind them of that is cut off their pay — organize a nation-wide tax revolt and the State is toast.