MADE 'SHITHOLE' COMMENT? US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has been ‘awarded’ the ‘Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom’ award by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

This follows the CPJ naming its ‘Global Press Oppressors’, described by the journalists’ lobby group as the world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action, and censorship to try to silence their critics.

The list also features leaders from China, Egypt, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, Turkey, all of who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media at a time when a record number of journalists are being jailed for their work.

“It’s staggering to see the extent to which some world leaders are so fearful of their critics and the truth,” said CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch, from Washington, DC, adding: “At a time when the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high the failure of President Donald Trump and other leaders to stand up for press freedom risks weakening democracy and human rights.”

The Global Press Oppressors list includes four categories as well as an award for the one of President Donald Trump, the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom.

Most Thin-skinned

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Donald Trump, United States
Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt
Tightest Grip on Media*

President Xi Jinping, China

Runner-Up: President Vladimir Putin, Russia

*This category excludes countries with no independent media, such as North Korea and Eritrea.

 

Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom

State Counselor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar

Runner-Up: President Andrzej Duda, Poland

 

Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom

President Donald Trump, United States

 

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