Keeping up with its tradition to ban anything critical of its policies, the Turkish government reportedly ordered the deletion of a video from the Internet.
But since the video in question was created in Germany, this time around, Ankara’s outrageous demands wouldn’t be fulfilled.
The controversy erupted after a local German television channel NDR broadcast on March 17 a two-minute song, “Erdowi, Erdowo, Erdogan,” that mocks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s theocratic rule. It was made by Extra 3, a popular satirical television program.
From his “showy palace with a thousand rooms, built without a permit in a conservation area” to “jailing journalists for writing things he doesn’t like,” the satirical video features it all, thereby showing how Erdogan has turned into a modern-day sultan.
In response, Ankara summoned Germany’s ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, demanding an explanation.
“We demanded that the program be deleted,” an unnamed Turkish diplomat told Agence France-Presse.
However, Germany didn’t succumb to political pressure. Instead, Extra 3 cashed in on the international controversy by releasing a new version of its video, this time for a wider audience with English subtitles.
“Erdogan’s arm now reaches into Germany,” Sevim Dagdelen, German foreign policy spokeswoman, who is of Turkish origin, told Germany’s Spiegel. “The foreign office finally has to take a clear stand to defend press freedom. Our fundamental rights cannot be sacrificed on the altar of the shabby EU-Turkey deal.”
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