Free Gonzalo Lira!

The Crime of Journalism

by Bruce O’Hara

May 11, 2023

When American reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested in Russia on March 29th, it was front-page news all over America. Never mind that Gershkovich was doing some fairly iffy ‘research’ on Russian defense production – this was a terrible affront to freedom of the press, we were told.

It was quite a different story last week when another American journalist, Gonzalo Lira, was arrested by Ukraine’s secret police and charged with distributing pro-Russian propaganda. The vast majority of the US mainstream media simply ignored the story.

There were probably three main reasons why Gonzalo Lira’s arrest didn’t make the news:

First, the US Government didn’t lodge a complaint. (Hell, they probably ordered his arrest!)

Second, Lira has been devastatingly eloquent in his opposition to US foreign policy.

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