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WSJ EIC Tucker’s letter about jailed reporter Gershkovich

July 7, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Evan Gershkovich

Wall Street Journal editor in chief Emma Tucker wrote the following letter about jailed reporter Evan Gershkovich:

Dear WSJ Reader,

Today marks 100 days since our friend and colleague Evan Gershkovich was detained while reporting in Russia.

He remains in prison, falsely accused by the Russian government of espionage. The WSJ and the U.S. government vehemently deny this bogus allegation and are calling for his immediate release.

Evan is a distinguished journalist whose coverage has provided an important window into one of the world’s largest countries. His unjust arrest is a brazen violation of press freedom that has far-reaching consequences for journalism and the media, as well as for governments and democracies. A free press is pivotal to maintaining a free society and we all have a stake in this.

In the days since Evan was arrested we have been inspired by the support that you, our readers, have provided. It has helped us to keep Evan’s plight at the top of the news agenda. As we reflect on this difficult milestone, we encourage you to continue sharing Evan’s reporting and the latest updates on his situation.

Journalism is not a crime, and we will not rest until Evan is released.


Emma Tucker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal

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