French photojournalist Mathias Depardon has been released from prison in Turkey one month after his arrest, and is now on his way to Paris. The news was reported by Reporters without Borders, and confirmed in a statement from French president Emmanuel Macron.
Depardon, a French citizen based in Istanbul, was on assignment for National Geographic magazine in the largely Kurdish province of Batman when he was arrested May 8 on suspicions of making terrorist propaganda. He began a hunger strike on May 22 to protest his detention. The French government and Reporters without Borders have been negotiating with the Turkish government for his release
Turkey currently has 159 journalists in jail, making it the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, according to Committee to Protect Journalists.
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