RSF is stepping up its campaign to free Mathias Depardon

Nearly a month after the arrest of Mathias Depardon in Turkey, Reporters without borders (RSF) and the family of the photographer unveiled on June 7, 2017 a tarp on the pediment of the town hall of the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The NGO has also launched a petition and accompanied the mother of the French photographer who goes for the first time for him to go to Gaziantep.

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Tomorrow, 8 June 2017, this will be a month that the French photographer Mathias Depardon is arbitrarily detained in Turkey. RSF and his support committee have unveiled, on this day, a covering of two metres high displaying the portrait of the journalist on the pediment of the town hall of the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

The RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire, the mother of the journalist Danièle Van de Lanotte, and the spokesman of the support committee Laurent Joffrin in turn, took the floor to demand the immediate release of Mathias Depardon. The mayor of the 4th district, Christophe Girard, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of international relations and la francophonie, Patrick Klugman, have shown their solidarity with the journalist and called for the mobilization of the widest.

RSF and the committee to support are also launching a petition calling for the immediate release of Mathias Depardon.

“The crime of Mathias Depardon, is to have done the journalism. In this, his detention is illegal and arbitrary, said on the steps of the town hall of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of RSF. The rights of the French journalist are totally violated. A deportation order has been pronounced. He would have had to be placed on a plane back to France within 48 hours. However, this is not always the case”.

Danièle Van de Lanotte and Christophe Deloire come in the wake in Turkey. The mother of Mathias Depardon will try to visit for the first time to his son at the detention centre in Gaziantep, the 8 June, accompanied by the vice-consul of France.

Based in Turkey for five years, Mathias Depardon was arrested on may 8 to a report in the south-east of the country to the National Geographic magazine. Despite an expulsion order pronounced on may 11, and the promise of president Erdogan to“examine quickly the situation”, the journalist is still confined in a detention centre in Gaziantep, not far from the syrian border.

Turkey occupies the 155th place out of 180 in the Ranking of the 2017 of the press freedom established by RSF. While an unprecedented wave of repression is sweeping over the Turkish media, several dozen foreign journalists have been expelled in the past two years.

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