Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Donald Trump Named Top Global Oppressor of the Press

U.S. News Media No Longer Allowed to Lick Their Own Balls

The Committee to Protect Journalists has named Donald Trump winner of its “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” in its “Press Oppressors” awards. The CPJ named Trump as the leader who most undermined press freedoms in 2017, despite the fact numerous other world leaders actually work to block the free press in their countries.
"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] Erdoğan, and [Egyptian President] Sisi."
He gets a lot done with those tiny hands, doesn't he. Just goes to show a little determination goes along way. I mean China has the great firewall that censors speech in real time and requires news outlets to have licenses. Turkey, well they just kills journalists Erdogan doesn’t like, all the while Trump hasn’t even proposed legislation against the fifth estate, he just tweets.

Meanwhile, journalists in countries hostile to a free press are facing persecution every day around the world. According to Reporters Without Borders, all Middle Eastern, Asian, eastern European and most South American, Central American, African and Caribbean countries have a less free press than in America, yet their leaders aren’t as oppressive to journalists as Trump?

The committee actually maintains a list of countries where journalists are most likely to be killed by the government. I suppose the fact America isn’t on the list was why committee felt comfortable presenting their award here despite having the worlds worst oppressor of journalists. Either that or these people being professional journalists are acquainted with uses of words the ordinary person might not be.

Thank You MJA for the Linkage!

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