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Three Dagestani newspapers to publish identical front pages in solidarity with arrested journalist

Source: Chernovik

Three Dagestani newspapers will publish front pages with the slogan “I AM / WE ARE ABDULMUMIN GADZHIYEV” on June 21. Novoye Delo, Svobodnaya Respublika, and Chernovik also called on other regional and federal news outlets to join their campaign and print the same front page. Gadzhiyev, who edits the religion section of Chernovik, has been jailed on charges of funding terrorism and participating in a terrorist organization. His colleagues have demanded his release and argued that the charges are fabricated.

The three newspapers’ solidarity campaign mirrors a June 10 campaign in which three of Russia’s top business newspapers, Kommersant, Vedomosti, and RBC, published front pages with the slogan “I AM/WE ARE IVAN GOLUNOV.” The following day, Golunov, a Meduza correspondent who was arrested on fabricated drug charges, was released.