27 April 2016

A Poem For Erdoğan

A poem for Erdogan
The Spectator, a weekly UK news magazine, has launched a "President Erdoğan Insulting Poetry Competition", with a £1,000 prize for the most offensive poem written about President Erdoğan of Turkey. According to the rules, drawn up by Douglas Murray, "all entries must be (a) wholly defamatory and (b) utterly obscene."

The competition, announced in the magazine's current issue (dated 23rd April), was inspired by recent attempts to prosecute German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who recited a poem mocking Erdoğan on 31st March. The deadline for entries is 23rd June, timed to coincide with the UK's referendum on its membership of the European Union.

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