Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned German ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, to complain about a satirical song against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan which was aired on a German public broadcaster on March 17. During the Extra 3 program broadcasted by the NDR TV station, a two-minute music video was broadcasted, titled “Erdowie, Erdowo, Erdogan.” The music video juxtaposed images of Erdogan with footage of police cracking down on protesters. According to Deutsche Welle, the lyrics of the satirical song also criticize the declining press freedom in Turkey. “A journalist that writes something that doesn’t suit Erdogan is in jail tomorrow,” the song says and adds “the time is ripe for his great Ottoman Empire.” According to the Local Germany, further footage in the video shows Erdogan shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Be charming, because he holds you in his hand,” the lyrics continue. Despite the fact that the German ambassador was summoned, the German Foreign Ministry didn’t make any comment. This is the first time, the Turkish government indirectly complains about the European media and how they treat Erdogan.
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