Journalist Organization Labels Trump ‘Top Global Oppressor’

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President Donald Trump won the “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award by the Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday.

The award was announced during the group’s annual “Press Oppressors” ceremony and precedes the president’s own upcoming “fake news awards.”

“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,” the group wrote.

“Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as Xi [Jinping], [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan, and [Abdel Fattah al-]Sisi.”

The president also came in second in the “Most Thin-Skinned” category, where Turkish President Erdoğan received the honor, where he also won the top spot for “Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press.”

“He regularly attacks outlets and individual journalists on Twitter and in speeches, calling them ‘sad,’ ‘failing,’ or ‘garbage,’ ” the committee said of Trump. “Since declaring his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has posted about 1,000 tweets critical of the press.”


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