Headline RoundupMarch 30th, 2023

Wall Street Journal Reporter Arrested in Russia, Accused of Espionage

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Russian authorities said Thursday they had detained a Wall Street Journal reporter on suspicion of espionage.  

The Details: Russia's Federal Security Service said it had detained Evan Gershkovich, a U.S. citizen, in the eastern city of Yekaterinburg.

Key Quotes: The FSB said in a statement that Gershkovich, “acting on the instructions of the American side, collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.” The Wall Street Journal  said it "vehemently denies the allegations from the FSB and seeks the immediate release of our trusted and dedicated reporter."

For Context: Gershkovich is the first U.S. journalist to be accused of espionage by Russia since 1986, when journalist Nick Daniloff was detained on similar charges. Gershkovich has worked as a reporter in Russia since 2017, including for Agence France-Presse and the Moscow Times. Last week, the U.S. detained a Russian national "who operated as an 'Illegal' agent for a Russian Intelligence Service."

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered Gershkovich's arrest as a top story Thursday, framing it as an escalation by Russia against Western media.

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