A Russia TV worker stormed her community’s studio throughout its live night broadcast Monday to warn residents that they’ve been lied to concerning the invasion into Ukraine.
The lady burst into body holding an indication that learn “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you,” in a mixture of English and Russian whereas Channel One news anchor Ekaterina Andreeva was studying the news, according to The Express.
She chanted, “Stop the war! No to war!” as Andreeva tried to get via her section earlier than scrambling producers switched away from the studio to a video clip, footage of the interruption showed.
The lady was identified by the Russian OVD-Info human-rights group as Marina Ovsyannikova, an worker with the community who was fed up with feeding misinformation to her fellow Russian residents.
She recorded a video earlier than her protest wherein she stated she was “deeply ashamed” to have been part of “Kremlin propaganda,” the rights group stated. Ovsyannikova referred to as on Russians to protest the war, saying, “Only we have the power to stop all this craziness,” OVD-Info stated.
After showing on the live broadcast, Ovsyannikova was detained by authorities, the company stated. The group stated its attorneys would signify her.
Channel One is positioned on the Ostankino Technical Center in Moscow and is Russia’s largest media outlet with an estimated 250 million viewers worldwide, the Express reported.
It was not clear who the lady was or if there have been any penalties for her protest. The incident got here throughout an enormous Russian crackdown on media shops that publish tales deviating from President Vladimir Putin’s narrative of the war in Ukraine.
Under a legislation handed by Russia’s parliament earlier this month, journalists who categorize the invasion of Ukraine as a “war,” or report on Kremlin army setbacks and civilian deaths would face three years in jail. The punishment might rise to 15 years behind bars for instances that lead to “severe consequences,” Russian officers stated.
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The censorship invoice “will force those who lied and made statements discrediting our armed forces to bear very grave punishment,” stated Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the decrease home of parliament, on the time.
Journalists additionally should confirm their studies on the war with official Russian authorities sources.
In response to the “fake news” legislation, networks comparable to CBS News, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, the BBC and the CBC introduced they have been pulling their reporters from Russia.
Russia has additionally instituted extreme repression on dissent and protests on the street in opposition to the war, and 1000’s have been detained.