Journalist Detained by Russia Was Reporting Stories That ‘Needed to Be Told,

On April 2nd, 2023, journalist Evan Gershkovich was detained by Russian authorities for his reporting on human rights abuses in the country. Gershkovich, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, had been reporting on stories that “needed to be told” according to his colleagues.

Gershkovich was detained on suspicion of illegal activities, but his colleagues believe his reporting was the real reason behind the arrest. Gershkovich had been reporting on stories of human rights abuses and had recently published a piece on a political prisoner in Russia. His work had been praised for its insight into the government’s actions in the country.

The Wall Street Journal has released a statement condemning the detainment and calling for Gershkovich’s immediate release. The statement reads, “We are deeply concerned about the detainment of Evan Gershkovich and call for his immediate and unconditional release. Evan is a journalist who has reported stories that need to be told, and we will continue to stand by him and his work.”

The detainment of Gershkovich is part of a larger crackdown on press freedom in Russia. In recent years, the country has seen a surge in arrests of journalists and activists who are critical of the government.

Gershkovich is one of many journalists around the world who are being targeted for their reporting and for speaking out against human rights abuses. His detainment serves as a reminder of the importance of press freedom and the need for journalists to continue to report stories that “need to be told.”