Turkey releases Italian journalist Gabriele Del Grande

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An Italian journalist returned home on Monday after being detained for two weeks in Turkey, apparently because he entered an area near the Syrian border without the necessary permission.

Gabriele Del Grande, a blogger and documentary-maker who has written about refugees, was detained in southern Turkey. He arrived Monday at Bologna airport on a flight from Turkey.

He said he had been treated well, adding “they didn’t touch a hair on my head.” But Del Grande said that he didn’t understand why he was detained by plainclothes security officials.

“I feel it’s illegal what’s happened to me - a journalist deprived of his freedom for 14 days for doing his job,” Del Grande told reporters at the airport.

In Turkey, a government official said that the journalist was detained on April 9 for illegally entering a military zone bordering Syria and near the town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, and because he was working without the permit journalists are required to obtain.

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