Abby Martin, the RT America host who made headlines last year for publicly criticizing Russia’s takeover of Crimea, is leaving the network, she said in a blog post.
Martin wrote that her show “Breaking the Set” on the Russian government-funded channel will end in two weeks in a post on her site MediaRoots.
“I’m excited to put all my heart into the last two weeks of the most hard hitting show on TV and celebrate a great run, all of which wouldn’t have been possible without you,” Martin wrote.
She wrote that she isn’t “stopping or going anywhere. If I can’t find a platform to host my show vision with the same editorial freedom, I will turn to crowdsourcing. And until I establish my next venture I’ll be writing daily, podcasting, producing video shorts and doing talks around the world.”
Last March, Martin condemned the Russian invasion of Crimea live on air, bucking RT’s editorial line on the issue. The network has fiercely defended Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Martin later refused RT’s offer to send her on a tour of Crimea, saying she didn’t want a “vetted PR experience.”
Martin, an antiwar activist and artist, has also been involved in the 9/11 truth movement, and her show has frequently showcased other conspiracy theories. Martin stayed with the network after criticizing the invasion. Another host, Liz Wahl, resigned live on air last year in protest of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Martin tweeted on Wednesday, “It’s been very emotional to read all your amazing comments about the show, it means everything to know even one story changed hearts & minds.” Martin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Abby decided that this is the time for her to try something new,” said RT spokesperson Anna Belkina to BuzzFeed News. “We are proud of the great work she has done as the host of Breaking the Set.”
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