The following was sent to all Wall Street Journal staff:
You are no doubt aware that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich has been unjustly arrested in Russia. Evan is an esteemed, principled journalist and colleague, and has sought to keep the world well informed during a particularly troubled period.
We are obviously pursuing all possible avenues, public and beyond, to secure Evan’s release in coordination with the Dow Jones team, led by Emma Tucker and Almar Latour. Dow Jones and the Journal are also in close communication with Evan’s family and providing needed support.
The note below from the Journal’s Standards and Ethics editor Emma Moody provides useful background material on Evan, his important work and meaningful ways in which you can contribute. We are all committed to securing Evan’s release.
A Message from Emma Moody
Thank you for the outpouring of support you have shown for Evan and his family. Please continue to use social media to amplify Evan’s story and his reporting.
We encourage you to use the phrase “I stand with Evan” and the hashtag #istandwithevan as a standalone tweet or in your retweets.
We have lifted the WSJ paywall on all coverage and updates pertaining to Evan as well as his previous reporting. Please share this message widely and encourage your networks to share Evan’s stories, and this remarkable profile, written by Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw.
Additionally, we encourage you to download this folder, which includes icons and assets you can add to your social media profiles to help keep Evan top of mind and show a united front. These can also be shared with family and friends outside Dow Jones.
Other items to amplify:
- Evan’s updated author page, where readers can find all Evan’s reporting
- Emma Tucker’s message to WSJ Staff
- Letter from CPJ and news organizations seeking Evan’s release
- Face The Nation’s promo of Emma Tucker’s upcoming interview with Margaret Brennan
- Almar’s LinkedIn message
Some suggested sharing language:
Please read and feel free to share our article about Evan Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal, the distinguished U.S. journalist unjustly detained by Russia.
Please also see these avatars and assets, which can be added to your social-media pages.
As a reminder here are a few other things to remember as we strive to keep attention focused on Evan:
- Stay positive and highlight Evan’s work
- It’s great to share personal anecdotes about Evan as a colleague
- Keep the focus on Evan and avoid statements about Russia or politics
- WSJ social media guidelines still apply
Thank you again for all you’re doing. And please let me know if you have ideas or questions.