Detained French journalist ends hunger strike

Detained French journalist ends hunger strike

Mathias Depardon ended his hunger strike after a consular visit and promises that his case is being dealt with at a the "highest level"
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Demonstrators in Berlin expressing support for detained French photojournalist, Mathias Depardon (le monde)

A French photojournalist detained in Turkey for nearly three weeks has ended his week-long hunger strike after being promised a consular meeting, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Mathias Depardon was detained on May 8 while working in Hasankeyf on a project for National Geographic magazine.

Despite being told that he would be deported on May 11, he has been held by the authorities since.

RSF secretary general, Christophe Deloire announced on twitter: “Mathias Depardon is being treated well, he knows his case is being handled at the highest level: the journalist has ended his hunger strike.”

He noted that while the promised consular visit would not impact the outcome of the case, “these are positive signs.  It’s heartening to see that the mobilisation, the embassy’s engagement, the fact that (the issue) is being addressed in France, seems to be starting to bear fruit.”

Turkish authorities have said he was detained over “propaganda for a terror group” - a reference to outlawed Kurdish militants - and this could lead to a judicial investigation.

A French consul representative based in Ankara, Christophe Hemmings, was allowed an hour-long visit with the 36-year-old journalist, according to Deloire.

The visit took place after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to looking into the case “rapidly” during a meeting at the NATO summit on Thursday.


Source: AFP

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