The editorial offices of 30 world media demanded the immediate dismissal of Evan Gershkovich

Heads of more than 30 world media made a joint demanding the release of WSJ journalist Evan Gershkovich detained in Russia. Letter with signatures sent Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.

It is reported by the BBC. Letter prepared Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

“Gershkovich is a journalist, not a spy, and should be fired immediately and unconditionally,” the journalists said.

According to them, this is a completely unfounded and unfair arrest.

“The unjustified and unjust arrest of Gershkovich is a significant escalation in your government’s crackdown on the press. Russia is sending the signal that journalism is criminalized within your borders and that foreign correspondents seeking to report from Russia are not enjoying the benefits of the rule of law,” the spokesmen said. MASS MEDIA.

Among the signatories of the document – heads of the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC News, Euronews, Bloomberg, Sky News, Economist and other media.

There has been no response from the Russian embassy yet.

Note Gershkovich became the first journalist since 1986 whom Moscow accused of espionage. On September 2, 1986, the KGB was arrested on the same charge. Nicholas Daniloff, who maintained his innocence. On September 23, 1986, after negotiations between the US and the USSR, he was fired and left the USSR.

As reported by GLOBAL HAPPENINGS, March 29 Russian Yekaterinburg was detained by a correspondent of the Moscow bureau The Wall Street Journal, accusing him of espionage. The Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested him for 29 days and sent him to a pre-trial detention center.

WSJ demands to fire its employee, and Reporters Without Borders International said it was “alarmed by the journalist’s detention.”

Source: Obozrevatel

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