Statement from President Joe Biden on the Wrongful Detention of Evan Gershkovich

The following was sent to the Bloomingtonian Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2024 Statement from President Joe Biden on the Wrongful Detention of Evan GershkovichToday we mark a painful anniversary: one year of American journalist Evan Gershkovich’s wrongful detention in Russia.

Journalism is not a crime, and Evan went to Russia to do his job as a reporter —risking his safety to shine the light of truth on Russia’s brutal aggression against Ukraine. Shortly after his wholly unjust and illegal detention, he drafted a letter to his family from prison, writing: “I am not losing hope.”

As I have told Evan’s parents, I will never give up hope either. We will continue working every day to secure his release. We will continue to denounce and impose costs for Russia’s appalling attempts to use Americans as bargaining chips. And we will continue to stand strong against all those who seek to attack the press or target journalists—the pillars of free society.

To Evan, to Paul Whelan, and to all Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad: We are with you. And we will never stop working to bring you home.###

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