Protesting Journalist Ovsyannikova Works for Die Welt
Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, who became known for a protest against the war in Ukraine, recently started working for the German newspaper Die Welt.
Ovsyannikova stopped working at her employer’s state broadcaster, the First Channel, after holding up a sign during the broadcast that said viewers were being lied to about the war.
Die Welt announced on Monday that the 43-year-old Ovsyannikova will become a freelance correspondent and write about Ukraine and Russia and that she will also be regularly seen on the Die Welt television channel.
Die Welt editor-in-chief Ulf Poschardt said Ovsyannikova “showed courage at a decisive moment”. “She defended the most important journalistic values, despite the threat of repression.”
The Russian journalist calls Die Welt a newspaper that “stands for what is so fiercely defended by the courageous people of Ukraine: freedom. I see it as my job as a journalist to stand up for freedom.”
Ovsyannikova was fined 3000 rubles (almost 260 euros) for her action on Russian state television, and she could face another 15 years in prison. France offered her political asylum, but she refused.