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Turkey protests Germany over satirical Erdogan video

AP , Tuesday 29 Mar 2016
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An official says the German ambassador to Turkey has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the broadcast by German television of a song that pokes fun at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A ministry official said Tuesday that Turkey condemned the satirical video to Ambassador Martin Erdmann during a meeting last week and demanded that the public broadcaster that aired it March 17 cease showing it. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

Erdogan is known to be highly intolerant of criticism. More than 1,800 cases have been opened against people accused of insulting him since he came to office in 2014, under a previously seldom-used law that bars insults to the president.

German officials did not comment.

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