Italian reporter held in Turkey starts hunger strike
ANKARA— ROME -- An Italian journalist who has been held for over a week by Turkey,35-year-old Gabriele del Grande, said Tuesday he is beginning a hunger strike because he has not been allowed a lawyer or told by Turkish authorities when he will be released, his family says.
“There is a state of emergency with public order dispositions that are being applied rigorously throughout the country,” Turkish authorities said.
“These measures are applied with even greater rigour in areas near the border.”
Del Grande, 34, is from Tuscany and the founder of the blog ‘Fortress Europe’, which deals with issues relating to migration and the victims of conflicts. The Italian left for Turkey in order to accumulate material for his new book titled, ‘Call me a partisan”, that he is producing through crowd funding.
The journalist is an active campaigner against mistreatment of migrants, in addition to speaking out against war crimes on his Facebook page.
On April 5 he wrote, “Journalism should denounce war crimes. All of them. To be able to do that it’s necessary that war correspondents be guaranteed a safe entry and the independence to carry out their work.”
The Foreign Ministry in Rome are putting pressure on Turkey over his case and a consular delegation is being sent out to see him.