Russia’s Channel One staffer spoke out against the country’s military campaign in Ukraine
A screenshot from a Channel One broadcast on March 14, 2022. © Social media
An editor at Russia’s leading and partially state-owned Channel One is being investigated under the new law that bans the spread of fake news about the country’s military, a police source has told TASS news. The law was adopted shortly after Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24.
Marina Ovsyannikova was reportedly detained after she staged a protest in the middle of the channel’s live evening news show on Monday. She stormed into the studio and ran behind the news anchor, holding a poster with slogans in English and Russian: “No war. Stop the war. Don’t trust propaganda. They’re lying to you here. Russians against war.”
In a brief statement, Channel One announced that an internal investigation has been launched regarding “the incident.”
Novaya Gazeta, meanwhile, quoted a Moscow court on Tuesday as saying that Ovsyannikova was being tried for violating the law on public protests, which can lead to a 15-day jail term or a fine.