Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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, an official said Tuesday 
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, according to a ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules. 
... The broadcaster that made the video noted that political satire is allowed in Germany. "That the Turkish government apparently has taken diplomatic action ... is not compatible with our understanding of freedom of the press and opinion,'' Andreas Cichowicz, the chief editor of NDR television, the ARD regional broadcaster that produced the song, told German news agency dpa. 
He said NDR hasn't yet received any complaint. The German Federation of Journalists' chairman, Frank Ueberall, said that Erdogan "apparently has lost his grip.'' 
He added in a statement that the president's indignation is "laughable'' but said people shouldn't overlook the fact that ``the persecution of critical journalists is bitter reality in Turkey.'' 
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. Those who have gone on trial include celebrities, journalists and even schoolchildren.

Wahn means mania or delusion in German so ErdoWAN as they are pronouncing his name has a certain resonance that is lost in English.