US freedom of the [Talmudic locked down] press ‘under attack from Trump’ – UN rights boss Zeid
US freedom of press ‘under attack from Trump’ – UN rights boss Zeid
“It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the US Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” Zeid told a news conference, as quoted by Reuters.
“It’s sort of a stunning turnaround. And ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one,” he added.
Zeid also said that derogatory remarks made by Trump about journalists could lead to incitement and encourage people to attack certain communities.
President Trump has long slammed mainstream media for its allegedly biased reporting and “fake news” articles.
He has taken particular aim at “garbage journalism” CNN and the “failing” New York Times.
Trump reiterated his stance on the media at his Phoenix rally earlier this month.
“But the very dishonest media — those people right up there with all the cameras … So the — and I mean truly dishonest people, in the media, and the fake media, they make up stories, they have no sources in many cases … they don’t report the facts…” Trump said.
“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions, and yes, by the way…they are trying to take away our history and our heritage,” he added.
Last month, Trump tweeted an old video clip of him at a World Wrestling Entertainment event, appearing to attack a person whose head had been superimposed with the CNN logo.
The video was accompanied with the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN.
CNN responded to the tweet by saying: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters…we will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
During a faith rally in Washington DC in July, Trump told the crowd that the “fake media is trying to silence us.”
“But we will not let them. Because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I’m president and they’re not,” he added.
Trump was criticized in February after banning CNN, the New York Times, and the Guardian from an off-camera press briefing, instead choosing to handpick a select group of journalists, mostly from conservative outlets.