ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's prime minister says his country will not tolerate any insults directed toward President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "honor," following German television programs that mocked him.
Ahmet Davutoglu said Tuesday any insults to Erdogan amounted to insulting Turkish people's honor and would not go without a "response."
Last month, Turkey summoned Germany's ambassador to complain about a song aired by a channel that poked fun at Erdogan. A German comedian later read an offensive poem on another German channel as an example of something that wouldn't be allowed in Germany.
Davutoglu said he discussed the poem with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and welcomed a statement by her spokesman who said Monday that "satire takes place within our country's press and media freedom, which — as you know — is not unlimited."