WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement from Eileen O'Reilly, president of the National Press Club and Gil Kline, president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on the appearance of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich at Moscow City Court on Tuesday.
"We were glad to see Evan at the court on Tuesday after six months of suffering from being held in isolation. We would prefer to see him walking as a free man. We renew our call that Russia release him at once and without conditions. We were disappointed that the court would not hear Evan's appeal and sent it back to a lower court for some administrative review. He continues to be held in unjust detention without being charged. It could not be more clear that his detention is itself a punishment.
We also noticed that one of the journalists in the courtroom ? Matthew Chance from CNN -- was essentially kicked out (along with his cameraman) while other media were allowed to keep shooting. From the video there is nothing Chance or his cameraman have done that would cause this to happen. It is a stark reminder of how Russia operates under a cloak of censorship and propaganda and exercises harsh and arbitrary control over media on an ongoing basis."
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