Russia Today Reporter Quits in Protest at Malaysia Airlines Crash Coverage

LONDON — Sara Firth, a correspondent for English-language news channel Russia Today, has ankled the Kremlin-controlled web in protest at its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines disaster in Eastern Ukraine.

The London-based journalist said the channel’s reporting of the crash was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” according Press Gazette, a website for U.K. journalists.

Russia Today has taken President Putin’s line that Ukraine was to blame for the crash, rather than the pro-Russian rebels.

“Yesterday (Thursday), when the story broke, you get the kick in your stomach when you’re going to get the facts and it’s this huge story.

“And I walked into the newsroom and they were running an eye-witness account of God-knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation,” she told Press Gazette.

“I said (in a 2012 interview), if I was asked to burn the facts and not tell the truth, I’d be a goner, and so I’m gone. It’s the level of disrespect for the facts that really bugs me.

“I made my decision yesterday when we started covering the story and this morning I woke up and I just knew that I can’t go back in any more.

“The thing is, once I made the decision, you have to be honest with yourself and it’s so difficult … Once you start telling the truth it’s brutal.”

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