Emma Tucker, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, sent the following to the newsroom on Monday morning:
Today marks 250 days since our friend and colleague Evan Gershkovich was wrongfully detained by Russia, an appalling milestone in an extraordinarily challenging time for Evan and his family. 250 days of reporting and headlines that he’s missed, which we commemorated with a full-page ad today.
As we learned last week, Evan’s pre-trial detention was again extended until at least January 30. And as we shared with you then, we remain resolute in our efforts to bring him home. We will continue to pull any lever possible, both public and private, pressing for his release and keeping his story top of mind, as we have done every day over the past eight months.
We also continue to welcome your ideas and support, which we have had from colleagues around the newsroom and across Dow Jones since day one. Many people ask how they can help or what they can do. Often, it’s a simple show of support, such as with our “save a seat” holiday campaign.
We’re going to need that level of interest to sustain our efforts for as long as it takes. Last week’s pre-trial detention ruling is a sober reminder that we are in this for the long haul, and we have more to do.
I hope you’ll join our 250 days social storm this morning at 10:30am ET.
Thank you for your support of Evan and his family. We will stand with them until he is home.