NUJ repeats its call for the release of Evan Gershkovich

  • 31 Jan 2024

Russian authorities have extended pre-trial detention of the American journalist until 30 March.

The National Union of Journalists has condemned the detention of Wall Street Journal Reporter Evan Gershkovich in Moscow. Gershkovich was arrested in March 2023 by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) during a reporting trip to Yekaterinburg. Extensions granted by Russian authorities means he will serve over a year in prison, while awaiting trial.  

In December, president Putin spoke publicly about the case for the first time, stating Russia and the US were in conversation over  Gershkovich’s possible release, but that a decision had to be acceptable to both sides. 

The International Federation of Journalists called his arrest “another blatant attempt to shut independent voices in Russia.” Gershkovich is the first American detained on espionage charges since the Cold War.

The Wall Street Journal has denied FSB allegations and demanded the journalist’s immediate release.

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