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French journalist waiting to be deported in prison cell for 10 days

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French photojournalist Mathias Depardon, who was detained on May 8 after photographing the local scenery in Turkey’s southeastern Batman province, has been waiting to be deported for 10 days in a prison cell, Turkish media reports said on Friday.

Depardon, who was accused of disseminating the propaganda of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on social media, was released by a Turkish court last week. Following the court decision Depardon was taken to the Gaziantep Immigration Authority in the Oğuzeli district of Gaziantep province for deportation. However, the journalist has been waiting for his deportation in a prison cell for 10 days, according to lawyer Emine Şeker.

Şeker told the T24 news portal that relevant officials say they are waiting for a response from Ankara to begin the deportation proceedings for the French journalist.

Depardon is an İstanbul-based documentary freelance photographer and frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Le Monde.

Pressure on foreign journalists in Turkey has been mounting in recent years, with the government, pro-government journalists and government trolls on social media directly targeting them.

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