German penal code states:
(1) Whosoever insults a foreign head of state, or, with respect to his position, a member of a foreign government who is in Germany in his official capacity, or a head of a foreign diplomatic mission who is accredited in the Federal territory shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine, in case of a slanderous insult to imprisonment from three months to five years.
Comedian Jan Boehmermann has a weekly news satire program on ZDF. Last week he read a poem mocking President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Government officials is Germany were divided in their opinions on what should happen to Boehmermann. Chancellor Angel Merkel said today that it was the job of prosecutors to decide if he should face charges or not.
Merkel did say that the law could be changed but as for now this is what the law says. So, Boehmermann has had his show taken off the air and is under police protection awaiting word about his fate. It is a sad day for democracy, freedom of speech and satire, but, the Germans were never know for their humor (at least not intentionally). ZDF has taken the video off of YouTube and President Erdoğan of Turkey has filed charges.