Alexandra D’Onofrio is the companion of journalist Gabriele Del Grande and the mother of his two children. Nearly two weeks after his arrest in Turkey, she told il manifesto that he worked transparently, “in the sunlight,” and that rumors he wanted to enter Syria are a fabrication of the government.
“When Gabriele was detained, he was talking to Syrian refugees, collecting stories for the book he’s working on about the war in Syria,” she said.
Together with friends and colleagues of the Tuscan reporter, she is on a hunger strike to demand the reasons why on April 9 Gabriele was arrested by the Turkish authorities, and of what crimes he is accused. “It’s a collective fast, a relay race in which we decided to respond to Gabriele’s situation,” she said by phone from Athens, where she lives. On Thursday, several other colleagues joined the strike, and “every day there will be someone else,” she says.
Before talking with us, D’Onofrio spoke by telephone with the Italian consul in Izmir, Luigi Iannuzzi, who on Thursday personally followed the story along with a Turkish lawyer. “They were stopped on Wednesday in front of the Mugla detention center where Gabriele” is being held, she says. After being denied entry Wednesday, the Italian delegation was finally able to meet the journalist on Friday.