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If you give an Erdogan an Indictment
He’s Going to Want an Injunction to Go With That

Erdogan is now trying to silence one of Germany’s largest press moguls, Mathias Döpfner, the head of Alex Springer, who in an open letter last month praised comic Jan Böhmermann for his on-air performance denouncing the Turkish leader. Calling the performance a “work of art”, Döpfner said that he had “laughed out loud.” The Financial Times has detailed just how Ralf Höcker, Erdogan’s German lawyer, plans to pursue the case:

“If you look in the internet, loads of people are now trying to emulate Böhmermann, insulting Mr Erdogan in the worst way possible,” he said in an interview. “Anyone who does this must expect that we will take action against them.” […]

In a statement on Mr Höcker’s website, the company said a court in Cologne had ruled that the video produced by Mr Boll had resulted in personal injury to Mr Erdogan and issued an injunction preventing Mr Boll from repeating the insults that the video contained.

“It is like gang rape,” Mr Höcker said in the statement. “When one person starts, everyone creeps out of their holes and joins in . . . We must as a society be careful, when the thin veneer of civilisation flakes off and everyone’s inhibitions are shed. Mr Erdogan is a person, and human dignity is inviolable.”

Well, that seems like a balanced reaction.

We’re now over a month into Erdogan’s insane project to muzzle everyone in Europe who says something mean about him. He’s had an injunction issued against one German comic, another prosecuted, and demanded that the city of Geneva take down an art exhibit. But in that time, apparently nobody has explained the Streisand Effect to him: as he does this, more attention grows. Six weeks ago, who would have thought to connect the Turkish President with goats? And now he’s picking a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel. Very smart.

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  • Jim__L

    “Six weeks ago, who would have thought to connect the Turkish President
    with goats? And now he’s picking a fight with a man who buys ink by the
    barrel. Very smart.”

    They’re both virtue signalling, but to different crowds. As Germans age and die, we will see which crowd has more meaning.

    • ljgude

      You put that one in the 10 ring, mate. ‘-)

  • FriendlyGoat

    Somehow, I don’t think mass lampooning of a public political figure is “like gang rape”. Different type of “victim”, you know? Different type of activity too.

    But, who do we know lately in our country who famously speaks of suing or otherwise hitting back at critics?

    • Josephbleau

      I guess Dr. Michael Mann is one.

    • Angel Martin

      FG, since you are concerned about the potential of libel chill, perhaps you will donate to Mark Steyn’s legal defence fund.

      Whatever else happens in Mann vs Steyn, it will be the first free expression court case to be partially funded by the sale of disco records and cat albums.

      My parents particularly enjoyed this one.

      • FriendlyGoat

        I never said anything about being concerned about libel chill. The subject is Erdogan, and how Trump might be like him if Trump was lampooned while actually in office.

  • vb

    I wonder when Bush will start getting apologies from all the Germans who didn’t treat him with dignity. This sort of stuff only seems to apply to certain groups.

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