The Russia Today anchor, Abby Martin, spoke out against the Russian intervention as wrong during a broadcast this morning. RT immediately made a statement to the Huffington Post UK saying that Martin and its other journalists were free to express their own opinions but not on the air, reports Mashable.com of the statements.
Martin had stated on the air her opinion and later told the Telegraph:
'Just because I work here, for RT, doesn't mean I don't have editorial independence and I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in 'sovereign nations' affairs. What Russia did is wrong,' she said at the end of RT's Breaking the Set.
At first it was reported that RT announced that she would be going to Crimea. The reason was to give her a firsthand journalistic view of the situation, in order ‘to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicenter of the story.’
She related to the Telegraph later that she would not be going to Crimea. She was disappointed in the news coming from Ukraine and said that there was inaccuracy.
Martin expressed sincere sadness for the Ukraine situation and stated officially to the Telegraph, ‘All we can do now is hope for a peaceful outcome for a terrible situation, and prevent another full-blown cold war between multiple superpowers. Until then, I'll keep telling the truth as I see it,’ she concluded.
Abby Martin is from Washington D.C. and does the English speaking segment for RT. There has been criticism since the Ukraine crisis broke that reporting from RT is one-sided.
BuzzFeed's Katherine Miller and Andrew Kaczynski viewed the news feeds from RT America to see how the network covered the crisis. They noted that RT America used pro Russia type phrases to describe the situation in Ukraine. One phrase was “Russia force to act’ and ‘stabilizing force for Ukraine.’ They also notice edited audio clips of Obama from his call to Putin that produced inaccuracy.
The New Yorker reports today other ‘inaccurate’ descriptions of the situation in Crimea. One Russian journalist became frustrated with terminology that his editor forced him to use as in reference to the Russian soldiers on the ground in Crimea. He was sternly corrected for calling Russian soldiers by that term and said that, ‘he said we have to refer to them as ‘a friendly volunteer self-defense force.’ The journalist bellowed, ‘Is that what they look like to you?’
Ukrainian soldiers in Crimea have been forced to switch sides and take a loyalty oath to Russia or they and their families are threatened.
The truth and accuracy in reporting is very difficult for the journalists and the situation at Tuesday end had no resolution.
To view more information about the Ukraine situation see the list below in Author’s suggestions and view the video atop this article to see Abby Martin making her editorial comment in its entirety today on RT.
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