French photojournalist detained in Turkey ends hunger strike

French photojournalist detained in Turkey ends hunger strike

A French photojournalist Mathias Depardon held in Turkey for nearly three weeks has ended a week-long hunger strike, press freedom body Reporters Without Borders [RSF] said.

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

Deloire added that Depardon stopped his hunger strike after he learned that a consular visit would be allowed. He told AFP that while the visit had no bearing on the final outcome, “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”.

Depardon was detained on May 8 while working on a report in Hasankeyf in the southeastern Batman province for National Geographic magazine. He has been held ever since despite reports that he would be deported and began his hunger strike on May 21, AFP reported.

After his detention, Depardon was transferred to a centre run by the immigration department in the southeastern city of Gaziantep where he has been held despite a deportation order issued on May 11.

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