A few days ago, we announced the arrest of the French photographer Mathias Depardon by the Turkish authorities, via Reporters Without Borders. According to his attorney Semine Seker, his expulsion to France would be imminent. The photographer was arrested in the Southeast province called Batman as he was shooting a documentary for National Geographic in Hasankeyf.
The journalist was held for over 30 hours in custody, on suspicion of “propaganda a terrorist organization”. Charge is held partly on photographs published on his Twitter timeline, showing Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) supporters. Pictures were published by several French media, as stated by France 24. A technique justifying his arrested, widely denounced by Erol Önderoğlu, RWB official in Turkey.
Let us recall that freedoms of the press, information and freedom of thought has considerably reduced in recent months in Turkey, after being already mistreated during the years under the presidency of Erdogan. German journalist Deniz Yücel (Die Welt) has been detained since February for “propaganda for a terrorist organization and incitement to sedition”.