German Media Company Hires Russian Journalist Who Protested Against War During Live Broadcast

A German media outlet has hired Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova who interrupted a Russian TV live broadcast to protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

German publisher Axel Springer announced on April 11 that Ovsyannikova, 43, will now work for its media brand WELT as a freelance correspondent, writing for its Die Welt newspaper and contributing to its TV news coverage.

Ovsyannikova will report from Ukraine and Russia, among other areas, according to the publisher.

“At a crucial moment, Marina Ovsyannikova had the courage to confront Russian viewers with an unembellished view of reality. In doing so, she defended the most important journalistic ethics — despite the threat of state repression. I am excited to be working with her,” WELT Group Editor-in-Chief Ulf Poschardt said.

Ovsyannikova said she was “delighted” to now work for WELT.

“WELT stands for what is being so vehemently defended by the courageous people of Ukraine on the ground right now: freedom. I see it as my duty as a journalist to defend that freedom,” Ovsyannikova said.

Ovsyannikova had left her job as an editor at Russian state-controlled Channel One television where she held a placard that read, “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here” during a primetime broadcast in March.

Ovsyannikova also posted an anti-war video message on social media, calling on Russians to protest against the war “to stop all this madness.”

Authorities detained Ovsyannikova and she said that they questioned her for 14 hours without any representation present.

A Russian court issued a 30,000 ruble ($361) fine against her in relation to the anti-war video message.

Under a new Russian law, media outlets in Russia are required to describe the war as a “special military operation.”

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