Monday, August 6, 2018

Special Rapporteurs Condemn Trump's Verbal Attacks on the Media

Last week, two Special Rapporteurs -- one from the UN and one from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights -- issued an unusual joint statement condemning President Trump's verbal assaults on the media and urging the administration to stop its efforts to undermine a free press.  The two experts, David Kaye and Edison Lanza, are the Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression for their respective international bodies.

“These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law,” the experts said. “We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.”

Further, “[w]e stand with the independent media in the United States, a community of journalists and publishers and broadcasters long among the strongest examples of professional journalism worldwide. We especially urge the press to continue, where it does so, its efforts to hold all public officials accountable.”

The experts encouraged all media to act in solidarity against the efforts of President Trump to favour some outlets over others.

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