(The Hill) – An anti-war protester ran behind a Russian news anchor and held up a sign protesting against Russia’s war on Ukraine during Russian state broadcaster Channel One’s live broadcast Monday.
The sign read: “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They lie to you here.
Several journalists identified the protester as Marina Ovsyannikova, editor-in-chief of Channel One, one of Russia’s most popular news channels.
Earlier, she recorded a video that went viral, blaming the propaganda network and apologizing for working on it.
“Unfortunately, for the past few years I have been working for Channel One,” Ovsyannikova said in the video. “I did propaganda in the Kremlin and I’m really ashamed of it – for letting people lie on TV screens and allowing the Russian people to be zombified.”
“We said nothing in 2014 when it was just getting started. We did not protest when the Kremlin poisoned Navalny. We simply observed in silence this inhuman regime. Now the whole world has turned away from us, and ten generations of our descendants will not erase this fratricidal war,” she continued. She noted that her father was Ukrainian.
The video was originally published by OVD-Info, a Russian human rights media project aimed at countering political persecution.
According to reports, she was once detained by the authorities.
In recent weeks, Russia has cracked down on independent media. Putin introduced a new censorship law on March 4 that bars the press from disseminating information to the public, banning anyone from calling the invasion “a war”.
This censorship led major outlets like The New York Times and Bloomberg to suspend reporting from the field in Russia, and many more journalists left, fearing imprisonment.
According to OVD-Info, nearly 14,000 anti-war protesters have been arrested across Russia.
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