German Satirist Given Police Protection

German Satirist Given Police ProtectionGerman Satirist Given Police Protection

A German TV comic, Jan Boehmermann, has been placed under police protection after he read an obscene poem about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A police spokesperson said a patrol car had been parked in front of his house.

Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against the satirist in a case that has prompted a debate in Germany over freedom of speech, BBC reported.

German prosecutors are investigating whether he broke a law against insulting foreign leaders.

Public broadcaster ZDF announced earlier on Tuesday that his weekly satire program would not go ahead this week because of the “vast amount of media reporting and the resulting focus on the program and its presenter”.

It was not immediately clear if a concrete threat had been made against Boehmermann but Cologne police told German media: “When you can’t rule something out then you have to do something.”

Bild website reported that the satirist and his family were apparently facing a threat from supporters of the Turkish president. No request for protection measures had come from the comic but were a result of risk analysis, reports said.