The district court in Cologne said Tuesday it had rejected a request made by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for a preliminary injunction against the CEO of German publisher Axel Springer.

 

The injunction would have stopped Chief Executive Mathias Doepfner repeating a derogatory term about the Turkish leader, but the court rejected it on the basis of “the defendant’s right to free expression of opinion,” it said in a statement.

 

 

 

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