French pho­tog­ra­pher de­tained in Turkey starts hunger strike

Cape Breton Post - - World -

ANKARA, Turkey — A lead­ing ad­vo­cate for press free­doms says a French pho­tog­ra­pher who was taken into cus­tody in Turkey has started a hunger strike to protest his de­ten­tion. Re­porters With­out Bor­ders, cit­ing the pho­tog­ra­pher’s lawyer, said Wed­nes­day that Mathias Depar­don, be­gan his hunger strike on May 21. The pho­tog­ra­pher, who was based in Turkey, was on as­sign­ment for the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic mag­a­zine when he was de­tained in the mainly-Kur­dish prov­ince of Bat­man on May 8. He was be­ing held at a de­por­ta­tion cen­tre in the prov­ince of Gaziantep.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials have not com­mented on the rea­sons for his de­ten­tion.

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