The land court of Cologne rejected the claim of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the head of the German publishing house Axel Springer Mattias Dopfner, in which the Turkish leader has demanded to forbid him to support comedian Jan Bemelman, the author of the offensive verses about Erdogan. About it on may 10, reports Reuters, citing a court statement. It States that the claim was rejected on the basis of the “right of the defendant to freedom of expression”.
That Erdogan, through his counsel, filed Deppner a lawsuit earlier Tuesday, told Deutsche Welle. As told to the edition the lawyer of the Turkish President Ralph Hecker, the Turkish side demanded to impose on the head of Axel Springer, a temporary ban, not allowing him to speak in favor of Beerman.
However, counsel acknowledged that the court is unlikely to grant the request of the Turkish side. According to Hecker, in this case, he recommends Erdogan to appeal to court of second instance.
The reason for the discontent of the President of Turkey was the performance of Beberman in the night air youth entertainment Neo Magazin Royale on channel ZDFneo on 31 March, during which the comedian recited a poem called “Abusive criticism”, dedicated to the Turkish leader. In addition, Beerman during the broadcast mentioned channel NDR, which in mid-March, ridiculed Erdogan’s two-minute satirical video. Because of this, the Turkish foreign Ministry later summoned the Ambassador of Germany.
The head of the Axel Springer defended the comedian. He sent a letter to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, in which he called the poems of Bemelman “work of art”, and expressed support for the comedian.