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

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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)

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