Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Oppressive Anger

President Trump is oppressive because he doesn't like fake news, or something:
The organization on Monday named Trump as the leader who most undermined press freedoms in 2017, despite numerous other world leaders who actually work to block the free press in their countries.

The organization explained the reason they gave Trump the award:

While previous U.S. presidents have each criticized the press to some degree, they have also made public commitments to uphold its essential role in democracy, at home and abroad. Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as [Chinese President] Xi, [Turkish President] Erdo─čan, and [Egyptian President] Sisi.

The organization further explained Trump deserved the award because he has “failed to commit to guidelines intended to protect journalists’ sources” and because other countries have adopted his “‘fake news’ epithet.”

CPJ also blamed Trump’s failure to discuss press freedom with other world leaders as a reason why “the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.”

Meanwhile, journalists in countries hostile to a free press are facing persecution every day around the world.

According to Reporters Without Borders, reporters in all Middle Eastern, Asian, eastern European and most South American, Central American, African and Caribbean countries have a less free press than in America.

Leaders in Turkey, Venezuela Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt and Saudi Arabia allow for very little press freedom, yet their leaders aren’t as oppressive to journalists as Trump, the CJP alleges.
It's always easier for liberal journalists to claim fake oppression than deal with the real thing...

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