May 26, 2016 / 11:32 AM / a year ago

Erdogan appeals court's decision not to grant injunction against media CEO: lawyer

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German lawyer for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he was appealing a decision by a German court that rejected his request for an injunction against the CEO of German publisher Axel Springer.

CEO of German publisher Axel Springer Mathias Doepfner addresses the annual news conference in Berlin March, 6, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

A court earlier this month rejected Erdogan’s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent Springer Chief Executive Mathias Doepfner from repeating a derogatory term about the Turkish leader.

“We submitted the immediate appeal yesterday,” Erdogan’s lawyer, Ralf Hoecker, told Reuters.

Erdogan had sought the preliminary injunction after Doepfner publicly expressed support for a controversial poem first read out by comedian Jan Boehmermann on German television in March.

Reporting by Klaus Lauer; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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