Co­me­dian faces court for us­ing flag as hand­ker­chief

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Spain News -

TV co­me­dian Dani Ma­teo has ap­peared in a Madrid court after he blew his nose with the coun­try's na­tional flag dur­ing a tele­vised sketch. The La Sexta TV co­me­dian is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for al­legedly in­sult­ing the na­tion's sym­bol and in­cit­ing hate, which can be pun­ished with up to four years in prison. The 29-year-old de­clined to give ev­i­dence, ar­gu­ing that he needed more time to pre­pare his de­fence. Ma­teo had said he wor­ried about the coun­try's image be­cause "a clown has to stand be­fore a judge just be­cause he was do­ing his job". The sketch un­leashed a de­bate over pa­tri­o­tism and the lim­its of free speech in hu­mour, with some in­ter­net users call­ing for a boy­cott of the chan­nel that aired the pro­gramme and ad­ver­tis­ers can­celling con­tracts.

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