Resignations shine unwelcome light on to Russia Today
Former Fellow Angelina Davydova writes:
For a TV network which wants to become a household name to millions around the world, Russia Today has certainly generated a lot of publicity in recent days as it broadcasts about the political crisis in Ukraine. The problem for RT is almost all of that publicity has been negative.
First, Abby Martin, an American presenter based in the network's Washingon bureau, finished her show Breaking the Set by savaging Russia's intervention in Ukraine.
"I can't say enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs … what Russia did is wrong … Military intervention is never the answer, and I will not sit here and apologise or defend military aggression. Furthermore, the coverage I have seen of Ukraine has been truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum and rife with disinformation."
RT's official statement in reply claimed that "contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions," and sent Martin to Crimea to "give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story".
The anchor has refused to go to Crimea and says she stands by everything she said, repeating that she is against any foreign state intervention in a sovereign nation's affairs.
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