At the end of her news report Monday, the host of a show on Russia’s English news channel Russia Today gave her own strong thoughts on the country’s recent involvement in the Ukraine.
Abby Martin, who hosts RT’s “Breaking the Set,” said before wrapping up that she wanted to “say something from my heart.”
“Just because I work here for RT doesn’t mean I don’t have editorial independence,” the host based in RT’s D.C. bureau said. “And I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any state intervention in a sovereign nation’s affairs.
“What Russia did was wrong. I admittedly don’t know as much as I should about the Ukraine’s history and of the cultural dynamics of the region, but what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer,” Martin continued. “And I will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression.
“Furthermore, the coverage I have seen of the Ukraine has been truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum and rife with disinformation. Above all, my heart goes out to the Ukrainian people who are now wedged as pawns in the middle of a global power chess game. They’re the real losers here. All we can do now is hope for a peaceful outcome for a terrible situation and prevent another full-blown Cold War between multiple super powers.
“Until then, I’ll keep telling the truth as I see it,” she finished.
But that message seems to be lost on the person who uploaded the video. In the YouTube video of Martin’s RT clip, a pop-up message appears a few seconds in saying that “this monologue was censored”:
Martin’s monologue, while her opinion, seems to falls in line with the show’s question-the-”establishment” theme.
“There are too many rules in our society that only prop up the establishment – an establishment that tries its hardest to divide and conquer the people,” the show’s website says. “‘Breaking the Set’ is a show that cuts through the pre-written narrative that tries to tell you what to think, and what to care about.”
She has not made a public statement about her speech yet, but retweeted a Van Gough quote on Twitter:
Update: In a statement to the Huffington Post, RT said there are “absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin” for her views.
“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,” the statement said.
It also sai they would be “sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story.”
Martin on the other hand said on Twitter that she would not be going to Crimea.