French photographer Mathias Depardon freed after a month in custody in Turkey

Award winning photographer Mathias Depardon has been under detention in southeastern Turkey since Tuesday 9 May.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said French photographer Mathias Depardon has been freed after a month in custody in Turkey.

Mathias Depardon, an award winning independent photographer on assignment for National Geographic travelled to the historical town of Hasankeyf in Batman province and was detained in May along with his translator a day after his arrival in the mainly-Kurdish province of Batman.

Istanbul-based Depardon was detained while taking pictures in the new settlement area of Hasankeyf, Batman province on 8 May and was accused by the Turkish judiciary with engaging in PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) propaganda over social media.

He was being held at a deportation center in the province of Gaziantep.

Depardon began a hunger strike on May 21. Reporters Without Borders and the French government pushed for his release.