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The latest on the jailed Wall Street Journal reporter, NPR and Twitter, the Fox News lawsuit and other media news and links

We start today with the grim news that Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Gershkovich might be detained in Russia for quite some time.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that Russia might consider a prisoner swap for Gershkovich, but only after his trial on espionage charges.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency Tass, “The issue of exchanging anyone could only be considered after a court delivers its verdict.”

A couple of concerns about that. For starters, if they’re talking about a swap only after a verdict, it makes you wonder just how fair the trial and verdict would be. Also, the AP points out that it’s not known how long an investigation and trial could take, but other espionage cases in Russia have been known to last a year or more.

The Wall Street Journal and the U.S. government have vehemently denied Gershkovich is a spy.

The AP wrote, “Gershkovich could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Russian lawyers have said past investigations into espionage cases took a year to 18 months, during which time he could have little contact with the outside world. A Moscow court has received a defense appeal of his arrest and it’s scheduled to be considered on April 18.”

One day after saying it would no longer post tweets on Twitter, NPR sent out an email from chief executive John Lansing to its donors that said:

As you may have seen, NPR’s organizational accounts will no longer be active on Twitter. The platform is taking actions that undermine our credibility by falsely implying that we are not editorially independent.

After great consideration, we will not put our journalism on platforms that have demonstrated an interest in undermining our credibility and the public’s understanding of editorial independence.

Millions of Americans depend on NPR and local NPR Member stations for the factual, independent journalism they need to stay informed. I want to reassure you that while we are turning away from Twitter, we will never turn away from you.

A vital part of what makes it possible for us to uphold the non-negotiable values of independent journalism are donations from people like you.

It then provided a link to where recipients could donate to NPR, as well as other platforms where NPR’s work is available.

Now for more media tidbits, news and notable links for your weekend review …

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