german newspaper Die Welt said on Monday it had hired Marina Ovsyannikova, the Russian journalist who protested Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine during a broadcast on state television, who has remained in Russia despite the risk of reprisals.
In a statement Monday, Die Welt said Ovsyannikova will serve as an “independent correspondent” for the paper “reporting on Ukraine and Russia, among others.”
She will write for the newspaper and contribute regularly to the WELT-branded TV news channel, editor Axel Springer said in a statement.
Ovsyannikova said Welt “represents what is so vehemently defended by the brave Ukrainian people on the ground right now: freedom,” a virtue she said is her duty to uphold as a journalist.
Ulf Poschardt, editor-in-chief of the WELT group, said he was “excited” to work with Ovsyannikova and hailed her “courage in confronting Russian viewers with a no-frills view of reality…despite the threat of repression from the ‘State”.
In March, Ovsyannikova entered the set of Russian state-controlled Channel One television during a prime-time news program and held a sign that read “No War.” The protest marked an unusual act of defiance to Russia’s otherwise tightly controlled media and a dramatic shift from the state’s narrative on the war in Ukraine. The incident attracted international attention and Ovsyannikova, who was working as an editor at Channel One at the time, was arrested. She was eventually released and fined 30,000 rubles (about $287) by a Moscow court, even though it was allegedly for posting a video on social media criticizing the war and unrelated to her protest at the war. antenna, for which it could possibly face more severe reprisals. in the future. French President Emmanuel Macron offered Ovsyannikova political asylum in France, but she refused the offer out of a desire to stay in her home country.
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