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Macron calls Erdoğan again to seek French journalist’s release

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French President Emmanuel Macron phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again on Sunday after his call on Tuesday to demand the immediate release of French journalist Loup Bureau, who was arrested on Aug. 1 in the southeastern Turkish province of Şırnak on charges of aiding and supporting a terrorist organization.

According to a statement from the French presidential office, Macron requested “the quick liberation” of the journalist.

The presidents had agreed to discuss the matter further and reach a positive outcome, said the statement.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Aug. 3 called on the Turkish government to immediately release French freelance reporter Bureau.

Bureau was detained on July 26 near the Iraqi border while he was preparing a report on the Kurdish issue and what life is like for the local population. He was arrested on Aug. 1 for aiding and supporting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and taken to a prison in Şırnak province.

French photojournalist Mathias Depardon, who was detained on May 8 in Turkey, was deported to France after his release on June 24, following a face-to-face meeting and a telephone call between French President Macron and Turkish President Erdoğan.

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