Czech daily newspaper publishes a "funny joke" about Merkel being doused with petrol and set alight

1. 1. 2016


Lidové noviny, the intellectual Czech daily newspaper, which is owned by the controversial oligarch and Czech Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, published the following "funny joke" as a part of its New Year's Eve "merriment" content in its issue of 31st December 2015, page 7:

"A driver with his car is stuck in a traffic jam. Suddenly someone knocks on the window of his car: "Chancellor Merkel has just been kidnapped by terrorists. They demand a ransom of 10 million euros, otherwise they will douse her with petrol and set her alight."

The driver then asks: "And how much do people give, on average?"

The reply is: "About 4 or 5 litres..."

(Note: The Czech version is ambiguous, the expression "litre" also means, in slang, "a thousand crowns".)

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Here is a picture of the "funny joke":

According to Article 352 od the Czech Criminal Code, "anyone who [...] threatens an individual or a group of citizens with death, bodily harm or extensive damage because of their real or alleged race, nationality or political conviction [...] will be published by imprisonment from 6 months to 3 years".

The Czech criminal code (in Czech): HERE

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