Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said he is against demands to tighten blasphemy laws in the wake of the video that ignited protests – violent and peaceful - across the world.

"Freedom in our country is very extensive and I am against the idea of responding to each specific situation with criminal and legislative changes," he told Deutschlandfunk radio station.

There had been calls from within the ranks of Friedrich's own party for a change to paragraph 166 of the German constitution, which lays out penalties for insulting the customs and beliefs of religious communities.

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