Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


RT presenter quits on air over Ukraine

06 March 2014, 06:53

Washington - An American anchor for Russia Today television network resigned live on air on Wednesday in protest at the deployment of Russia-backed forces in Ukraine.

Liz Wahl said during a broadcast that she could no longer work for the network, which she accused of "whitewashing" moves by Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"My grandparents came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces," she said.

"Personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin.

"I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning."

Her resignation comes after another US-based RT host, Abby Martin, criticised the actions of pro-Russian military units on her show.

‘Self-promotional stunt’

Reacting to the latest embarrassment, RT accused Wahl of a "self-promotional stunt" and questioned her professionalism.

"When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organisation, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional," it said.

"But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt."

Wahl told CNN that she initially hesitated before deciding to make her views public.

"I feared what measures they would take against me, what retaliatory measures they would take against me," she said, adding that she had been "contemplating quitting for a long time".

"What's become very clear... especially in the face of this crisis with Crimea, is that the objective of RT has been to promote the Putinist propaganda, to promote the conflict as Putin wants us to see it and to bash the US," Wahl said.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Wahl said "it actually makes me feel sick that I worked there".

Martin, the host of RT's "Breaking The Set," had announced toward the end of a broadcast that she was "strongly against" military intervention in Ukraine.

"What Russia did is wrong," she said.

The network responded on that occasion by saying Martin "does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea" and promising to send her to the peninsula to "make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story".

Martin later wrote on Twitter that she would not be going to Crimea.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...