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Published : 2014-03-06 15:33
Updated : 2014-03-06 17:41

Liz Wahl, “Russia Today” anchor and correspondent, announced her resignation dramatically live on air Wednesday, expressing her disappointment with Russia’s actions towards Ukraine, Business Insider reported. 
(Captured from the News)
Wahl explained, “I cannot be part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” beginning her statement by mentioning her fellow anchor’s harsh remarks on Russian President Vladimir Putin, which made the headlines earlier this week.

RT is a Russia-based, around the clock, English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news, targeted for international viewers. It is funded by the Russian government through the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation.

“Last night RT made headlines when one of our anchors went on the record and said Russian intervention in Crimea is wrong and indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges,” Wahl said. She also noted her grandparents were Hungarian refugees who fled Soviet oppression and emphasized the tragedy of war by citing from her partner, a physician at a military base.

Despite all the hassle among journalists, “RT hasn’t painted the most accurate picture of the crisis in Ukraine,” Business Insider added. According to the news website, top stories on RT.com earlier this week were about how Crimea does not need governance from Kiev and how thousands of Ukrainians are fleeing to live in Russia.

A statement on RT’s website was not surprising as it simply shrugged off Wahl’s unexpected resignation by describing her action as a “self-promotional stunt.”

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55izx6rbCqg

By Ha Ji-won, Intern reporter (jiwonha@heraldcorp.com)

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