Erdoğan Lost German Court Battle

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan lost a German court battle against a top media boss today (21 June) when his appeal in a bitter row over free speech was thrown out, Eur Active reports.

Erdoğan had sought a court order to stop the Axel Springer media group’s chief Mathias Doepfner from repeating support for a TV satirist who crudely insulted the Turkish leader.

The judges said they considered Doepfner’s letter of support “a permissible expression of opinion as protected under Article 5″ of Germany’s constitution.

After failing to get an injunction from a lower court last month, Erdoğan also lost an appeal before the higher regional court in the western German city of Cologne.

Erdoğan could still seek recourse before Germany’s top tribunal, the Federal Constitutional Court.