It's a competition where you send your most offensive poetry about the Turkish president Erdogan to a British magazine called "The Spectator" in support of freedom of speech, and as an added bonus win a cash prize.
It came about because a German comedian, Jan Böhmermann, made some vulgar joke about the Turkish President on TV (which probably every Western politician is very familiar with), to which the president responded with -- "The Republic of Turkey demands that this impertinent man is immediately punished for insulting a president, within the scope of German law," Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. He also called the poem a "serious crime against humanity."
The joke was pulled from the broadcast, and from YouTube.
Also, "German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that she would allow the potential prosecution of the offending comedian under an otherwise obscure law meant to shield the honor of foreign leaders."
--according to this article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/04/19/british-magazine-send-us-your-rude-poems-about-turkeys-erdogan/
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Germany does have a law that says you can't insult members of foreign governments. It's a dumb law if you like free speech, but the German comedian might be in hot water.
As for the UK, I dunno. Apparently the Turkish president has no sense of humor and isn't the "sticks and stones" type so he'll probably get pissed at the UK now. They'll either have to say, "Sorry bruv, get over it," and take a hit to their relationship with Turkey, or consider putting a foot on the slippery slope. I hope they go with the first one.
And the day a head of state thinks a poem is a crime against humanity is the day that person should resign his fucking post.1