0240 GMT October 16, 2019
The public prosecutor's office in Germany's western city of Mainz said Erdogan had filed the complaint via lawyers against Jan Boehmermann for insulting him. Boehmermann is the host of the late-night "Neo Magazin Royale" on the public ZDF channel.
In a program broadcast on March 31, Boehmermann had recited a poem about Erdogan that contained crude sexual references and accusations that Erdogan repressed minorities and mistreated Kurds and Christians, Reuters reported.
"I want to stress again what was stressed yesterday - we have the fundamental values in the constitution and that includes Article 5, which is the freedom of opinion, freedom of science and of course the freedom of art," Merkel said when asked about the complaint Erdogan.
"Art and these fundamental values are valid regardless of any political problems we discuss with each other and that includes the refugee issue and I think Turkey and the European Union and so also Germany have an interest in finding a political solution on it," she added.
Merkel has spearheaded EU efforts to secure Turkey's help in dealing with Europe's migrant crisis so the Boehmermann comes at an awkward time for her.