Gay Reporter Kicked Off Of Russian TV Network

8.21.2013

By Jesse Steinbach

James Kirchick speaks against Russia's anti-gay law

Anton Krasovsky was fired from Russian TV, a government-backed cable network, after coming out on the air earlier this year. Today, another reporter was taken off the air. American Reporter James Kirchick was booted from the Russian Kremlin network  when he refused to discuss the Bradley Manning verdict and instead focused on Russia's anti-gay laws.

“Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific, anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law," Kirchick said.

Kitchick spoke one last powerful line before Russian TV hosts cut him off.  

“You have 24 hours a day to lie about America, I am going to tell the truth with my two minutes.”

Then Kirchick dissapeared from the screen.

Russian TV defended their actions“We invited a guest on to discuss the fate of the whistleblower, but he used the chance to discuss his views on other unrelated issues and that’s why we had to take him off air. We would like to say sorry for any confusion caused.”

Kirchick tweeted later: “True fact: [Russian TV] just called taxi company that took me to studio to drop me off on the side of the highway on way to Stockholm airport."

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