Jan Böhmermann made a Schmähkritik about the president of Turkey, Erdoğan. Is that illegal, what could happen? Could Erdoğan actually sue ZDF and the satirist? What would happen, if he would do that?

And how/where should he sue him? He lives in Turkey and it's a German satire show.


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Following the links in the article you quoted, you find that it is indeed illegal in Germany to insult a foreign head of state. For a prosecution to happen, the foreign government has to ask for prosecution, and it would be a criminal case. It's not clear to me whether a TV station could be sued as well.

Where Mr. Böhmermann lives would be irrelevant, what would be relevant is whether the insult happened in Germany.

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