Two human rights experts tied to the United Nations slammed President Donald Trump on Thursday for speaking out against the media and implored the White House to stop undermining journalists’ credibility.
David Kaye, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression, and Edison Lanza, the special rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, released a statement condemning the president’s “strategic” attacks, claiming he purposefully causes confusion about valid information, which raises doubts on reporting that has “uncovered waste, fraud, abuse, potential illegal conduct and disinformation.”
“These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights laws,” Kaye and Lanza said. “We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence.” (RELATED: Acosta Demands Sanders Denounce ‘Enemy Of The People’ Rhetoric)
In addition to squelching Trump’s so-called verbal “attacks,” the duo advised the Trump administration to cease pursuing legal action against reporters and whistle-blowers.
“We 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.”
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