20:37 GMT17 May 2021
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    German ZDF broadcaster's TV host Jan Bohmermann has been provided with police protection after reading a satirical poem about the Turkish president during Neo Magazin Royalе program, a Cologne police spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — On March 31, Bohmermann read the poem containing rude statements regarding Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's sexual orientation, crimes against national minorities and opposition. Following the broadcast, media reported that the TV host was being threatened.

    On Monday, Erdogan filed a lawsuit against the TV host with the prosecutor of the German city of Mainz.

    "We cannot disclose any details out of professional considerations, but it is true, a police car keeps watch near his home. Now we are assessing the whole context of the situation in contact with the secret services, clarifying the details," Christoph Gilles told RIA Novosti.

    Gilles did not confirm whether Bohmermann had been actually receiving threats.


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