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