Demonstrators storm the live Russian newscast chanting “Stop the war!”
An anti-war protester burst into a Russian news studio during its live evening broadcast Monday to warn citizens they have been lied to about the invasion of Ukraine.
The female protester stormed into the picture holding a sign that read, “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They are lying to you,” in a mixture of English and Russian, while Channel One news anchor Ekaterina Andreeva read the news, according to The Express.
She also shouted: “Stop the war! No to war!” as Andreeva tried to get through her segment before the producers moved out of the studio to a video clip, Footage of the break shown.
Located in Moscow’s Ostankino technical center, Channel One is Russia’s largest media company with an estimated 250 million viewers worldwide, the Express reported.
It was not clear who the woman is or if there were consequences for her protest. The incident came amid a massive Russian crackdown on media outlets publishing stories that deviate from President Vladimir Putin’s narrative of the war in Ukraine.
According to a law passed by Russia’s parliament earlier this month, journalists who label the invasion of Ukraine a “war” or cover military backlash in the Kremlin and civilian deaths face three years in prison. The sentence could rise to 15 years behind bars for cases leading to “severe consequences,” Russian officials said.
The censorship law “will force those who lied and made statements discrediting our armed forces to face a very severe penalty,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, then-speaker of the lower house of parliament.
Journalists must also cross-check their reports on the war with official Russian government sources.
In response to the fake news law, networks including CBS News, ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, the BBC and the CBC announced that they were withdrawing their reporters from Russia.
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Russia has also instituted severe repression against dissidents and anti-war street protests, and thousands have been arrested.