Boris Johnson MP talks to SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh as they pass through the Central Lobby for the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool
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Leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson has won a British prize that called for rude poems about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in solidarity with a German comedian facing prosecution for doing the same."If somebody wants to make a joke about the love that flowers between the Turkish president and a goat, he should be able to do so, in any European country, including Turkey," Johnson told the magazine.He said it was a "scandal" that German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who is facing possible criminal proceedings in Germany for a 24-line poem that accused Erdogan of bestiality and pedophilia.Handing the prize to Johnson will provoke criticisms of an inside job as Johnson is a former Spectator editor.
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