Russia Today anchor denounces Russian invasion of Crimea on live RT broadcast

MOSCOW - A Washington-based news anchor for the English-language Russia Today news network shocked many viewers when she criticized Russia for invading Crimea.

Abby Martin ended her program by explaining her opposition to armed invention by Russia.

"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," she told viewers.

The English-language Russia Today is widely perceived as the voice of the Kremlin, with Reporters Without Borders describing it as a "step of the state to control information."

"Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn’t beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air. This is the case with Abby’s commentary on the Ukraine," a statement from the management of RT said. "We respect her views, and the views of all our journalists, presenters and program hosts, and there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin. In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea. As such we’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicenter of the story."

On her Facebook page, Martin said she won't be going to Crimea: "First I get called a "Russian propagandist" for toeing the RT line, now I am getting vitriol from people claiming I "sold out" to Western imperialism because I voiced an opinion that I believe in. I am against military intervention. Period. And no, I am not going to Crimea."

On Twitter, Martin posted, "My ideology is staunchly anti military intervention no matter what the state, so my reporting won't waver in reflecting that."

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