Mar 30 2016
German creators of the video add English and Turkish subtitles instead.
RT (h/t Mano) Ankara reportedly pressurized Berlin into removing a satirical clip aired by NDR earlier this month. However, the show’s producers decided to amplify the message and released English and Turkish subtitled versions of the video criticizing the Turkish President.
The video also focused on the lavish living of the Turkish president and his multibillion euro deals with the Europeans to keep migrants at bay, as well as the alleged sympathy for Islamic State terror group in Syria and military crackdown on Kurds.
The starts off with criticizing Erdogan crackdown on freedom of speech. Erdogan is also criticized for the alleged shuffling of the electorate votes and cracking down on women. “When journalists write a piece that Erdogan does not like, he quickly ends up in jail,” the song says, adding that “with tear gas and water cannons he is riding through the night.”
Following the broadcast of the satirical piece titled “Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan” on an NDR show titled “Extra 3” on March 17, German Ambassador Martin Erdmann was summoned several days later to officially explain “in length” the reasons for the broadcaster’s behavior.
The Turkish government has reportedly ordered the deletion of the satirical video from the “Extra 3” YouTube account following the initial diplomatic exchange. “We demanded that the programme be deleted,” an anonymous Turkish diplomat told AFP. However, during the meeting the German ambassador made it clear to the Turkish side that Germany is home to freedom of speech which it will protect.