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I Stand With Evan Gershkovich

Typewriter Evan Gershkovich

I Stand With Evan Gershkovich

Over one year ago Evan Gershkovich, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was arrested and imprisoned in Russia.

The Russians claim that Gershkovich was a “spy.” He could face up to twenty years in a Russian prison.

He will stand trial on June 26th.

As the Committee to Protect Journalists writes:

The start of Gershkovich’s trial comes after he has already spent more than 14 months behind bars for no other reason than his work as a journalist,” said Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator. “Russian authorities must immediately release Gershkovich, drop all charges against him, and stop prosecuting members of the press for their work.

The Wall Street Journal (and reporters from many other organizations) have been trying desperately to get him out.

I want to make it clear:

I am NOT a fan of the current stance of The Wall Street Journal.

Don’t get me wrong, they have some excellent investigative reporters.

Their editorial section seems to be taken over by pod people and is full of crazy conspiracy theorists.

But reporters should NOT be taken hostage and used as bait.

Clearly, Putin wants to use him for a prisoner exchange.

The Journal and other news organizations are using the hashtag #IStandWithEvan when they write about him on social media.

Wall Street Journal tweet Evan Gershkovich

Journalists Are Being Held Captive Or Killed All Over The World

As the Committee to Protect Journalists writes:

OTHER JOURNALISTS ARE BEING HELD CAPTIVE OR KILLED ALL OVER THE WORLD.

As CPJ writes:

Too many journalists around the globe have gone missing since CPJ began keeping records. 

Dozens have been snatched from their families, their lives and their work suspended in time. Official indifference and failure to investigate these disappearances cast a chill on other reporters and devastate the journalists’ families, who are often left in the dark with little to no support.

Vladimir Putin may well be the most evil man alive.

Further Reading

Please read my other posts on RESISTANCE and politics:

World Press Freedom Day 2024

State of the Blog Address 2024

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead | Book Review

Heronfield by Dorothy Balchin | Book Review

Marie: A True Story by Peter Maas | Book Review

Democracy Dies in Darkness

How the Good Guys Finally Won: Notes From An Impeachment Summer by Jimmy Breslin | Book Review

#FreePress

All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein | Book Review

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich | Book Review

and some other book reviews:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith | Book Review

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp | Book Review

Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht | Book Review

Diary of a Mad Housewife by Sue Kaufman | Book Review

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | Book Review

Cassandra at the Wedding by Dorothy Baker | Book Review

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey | Book Review

and check out my other blog:

March For Our Lives in Morristown!

The Haunted Deserted Village of Feltville and the Enchanted Forest 2023 | Berkeley Heights, New Jersey

Delicious Orchards 2023 | Colts Neck, New Jersey

First Presbyterian Church of Oxford at Hazen and the Spooky Graveyard 2023 | Belvidere, New Jersey

The Historic Cooper Gristmill | Chester Township, New Jersey

The Little Red Schoolhouse | Florham Park, New Jersey

Clara Barton Schoolhouse | Bordentown, New Jersey

Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Is About To Be Torn Down 2015 | Morris Plains, New Jersey

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