Some Russian media to come out without photos on Friday to protest photographer Sinyakov's detention
Some Russian media will not publish photos on September 27 to protest the arrest in Murmansk of Russian photographer Denis Sinyakov, who was arrested with Greenpeace activists on the vessel Arctic Sunrise.
Tatyana Feldgengauer, acting editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, told Interfax there will be no photos on the first page of the radio station in the period between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. On Friday.
"It will affect photos and pictures that accompany the main content: news and blogs. The site specialists are now deciding on how that can be done technically. Photos will not be published or will be replaced with black spots," Feldgengauer said.
Feldgengauer said images will stay in advertisement blocs and banners located on the side part of the site.
"We are doing that in solidarity with arrested journalist Denis Sinyakov, who was detained with Greenpeace activists on the vessel Arctic Sunrise," Feldgengauer said.
Gazeta.ru and Lenta.ru will also take part in the protest.
"The editorial board of Gazeta.ru has decided to support the action of solidarity with photographer Denis Sinyakov. We are now deciding on how it can be done technically without hurting our readers too much," the publication's editor-in-chief Svetlana Babayeva told Interfax.
The press service for the holding Afisha-Rambler-SUP has also confirmed its readiness to support the arrested photopgrapher.
"Our Lenta.ru site will have black spots instead of photos tomorrow between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.," the press service said.
On September 26, Sinyakov was arrested in Murmansk together with the crewmembers of the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise and Greenpeace activists who were protesting oil extraction on the oilrig Prirazlomnaya in the Pechora Sea. The photographer is a suspect in a piracy case.
According to media reports, Sinyakov has worked for the agencies France Presse and Reuters and has worked as a photographer for various publications and organizations, including Greenpeace.