French Photographer Depardon arrives home
June 10, Paris: French photographer Mathias Depardon arrived home in Paris Friday night after being released from jail near the Syrian border where he was detained by Turkish authorities for a month.
Istanbul-based freelance journalist Mathias Depardon was taken into custody by police in Batman province on May 8 and had been held at a deportation centre in the border province of Gaziantep, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said last month. RSF said on Twitter that Depardon was on an airplane to Istanbul and would arrive in Paris in the evening.
Depardon said he was "happy to be in Paris, to be in France" as he was met by French authorities. "I'm fine," he told reporters, smiling but visibly tired.President Emmanuel Macron had announced Depardon's arrival on Twitter after asking his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan last weekend to ensure the journalist's return to France "as soon as possible."
Macron had welcomed his release, saying in a statement: "France is committed to freedom of the press and the protection of journalists everywhere."Depardon was detained on May 8 while on assignment in Hasankeyf in Turkey's southeastern Batman province.
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