Johnny Kauffman // #Atlanta Activist Uses #Russian-Backed Media To Spread Message | 90.1 FM WABE

Atlanta Activist Uses Russian-Backed Media To Spread Message | 90.1 FM WABE – “Having the opportunity and the space to use my voice, and really standing up for people or helping other people get their voices and their stories out there, that’s what kind of really motivated me,” said Changa.

During the 2016 election, Changa often ended up speaking to media looking for a female supporter of Sanders. Since the election, she’s been part of an online network formed by supporters of Sanders and former Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Changa is managing editor of a blog called “Progressive Army,” where some of the activists regularly post.

But Changa’s work as a commentator got more complicated after she took a call in 2016.

As she remembers it, the call came from a producer at Sputnik radio, a network funded by the Russian government. Sputnik has a website, and broadcasts on both AM and FM in Washington, D.C.

By agreeing to appear on two Sputnik programs, Changa gained something hard to find: a bigger platform to broadcast her political views. But Changa’s association with Sputnik may put her credibility at risk, while furthering Russia’s effort to create chaos in the U.S.

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