Trump’s Latest ‘Fake News’ Attack Has Media in an Uproar: Kim’s Our Friend Now, Journalists Are the ‘Real Threat’

Mere days after his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Trump has once again decided that the real enemy is the media. It’s not the first time he’s said this, but coming on the heels of the North Korea summit it stunned a lot of people:

CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks: Is Trump Escalating Obama’s ‘War on Leaks’?

On Friday, ex-Senate Intel Committee aide James Wolfe appeared before a judge on charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with reporters. His case, as the New York Times noted, “led to the first known instance of the Justice Department going after a reporter’s data under President Trump.” Yet, as CNN’s Jake Tapper noted on The Lead, attacks on press freedom did not begin with the Trump administration. Instead, according to Tapper, under the Obama administration, the media “called it out all the time.” “The Obama Administration also repeatedly attacked press freedoms and we called it out at the time,” Tapper said. “It was heinous then and it is just as contemptible now.” Then referring the to Wolfe case specifically, Tapper continued on: “Questions we have about this incident include the following: if the Senate intelligence committee staffer was charged with lying and not Continue reading "CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks: Is Trump Escalating Obama’s ‘War on Leaks’?"

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Warns Trump’s Threats Empower Dictators to ‘Beat up Against the Press’

Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning, Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour warned that President Donald Trump‘s attacks on the press have negative implications for the media around the world. Her comments came during a conversation with Brian Stelter where the CNN Reliable Sources host talked about Trump not giving a broadcast television interview for over a year. He then asked Amanpour how Trump’s last week’s news has played out in the international press. Amanpour replied by commenting on Trump’s lack of broadcast television interviews as well as his tweeted out threat to pull press credentials. The latter, she warned, would only empower anti-press despots and dictators across the globe. “I mean, look, we have, for instance, in London, this weekend, the president of Turkey, a U.S. Ally. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming here. This is one of the key abusers of the press in his own country. I mean, Continue reading "CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Warns Trump’s Threats Empower Dictators to ‘Beat up Against the Press’"

Committee to Protect Journalists ‘Awards’ Trump for ‘Undermining Global Press Freedom’

The Committee to Protect Journalists has responded to President Trump‘s trolling of the media with upcoming “fake news” awards by announcing some awards of their own. The CPJ unveiled “Press Oppressors” awards today that doesn’t just criticize Trump, but multiple world leaders for their role in hurting press freedom worldwide. President Trump was “honored” with the award for Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom:
The United States, with its First Amendment protection for a free press, has long stood as a beacon for independent media around the world. 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. Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as Xi, Erdoğan, and Sisi. Authorities in China, Continue reading "Committee to Protect Journalists ‘Awards’ Trump for ‘Undermining Global Press Freedom’"

Has U.S. press freedom gotten worse under Trump? A new database aims to find the answer

Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to the news media as the “enemy of the American people.” In May, Montana House rep Greg Gianforte body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for asking a question. In July, reporters were ordered to delete photos and videos they had taken of Trumpcare protestors being arrested in a Senate hallway. It feels as if press freedom has declined in the six months since Trump was inaugurated, but a new site, U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, will show whether things actually are more dire than they used to be. The site, launched Wednesday, “aims to be the first to provide reliable, easy-to-access information on the number of press freedom violations in the United States — from journalists facing charges to reporters stopped at the U.S. border or asked to hand over their electronics.” The site is run out of the Freedom of Continue reading "Has U.S. press freedom gotten worse under Trump? A new database aims to find the answer"

U.S. Press Freedom Tracker Gives Important Context to Attacks on the Press

As concerns about domestic press freedom violations grow, a coalition of media partners has created a database to track those violations. Launching today, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will serve as a database and central repository for violations committed against members of the media. The tracker primarily focuses on government interference with the press, including those actions by the Trump administration, as well as local elected officials and police departments. The tracker is a collaborative project from about 20 media partners. Day-to-day operations will be maintained by the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and a steering committee will be lead by the CPJ. MediaShift is also a partner. “This represents the work of a lot of organizations who believe in press freedom and work on behalf of press freedom,” Kathleen Carroll, the chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the former executive editor of the Associated Press, said
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The “double-edged sword” faced by local and foreign female journalists in the Middle East

Baited links in emails is nothing new for users of modern technology, from journalists to ordinary people. Being hacked by individuals associated with Russian or other foreign servers is unfortunately also not uncommon. Receiving an email that accuses you of sexual escapades, on the other hand, watching your Gmail and Facebook accounts being taken over, and then having those fabricated materials used against you when you’re imprisoned by the Iranian government for being a journalist: That’s something that Yeganeh Rezaian is all too familiar with. In a new report from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Rezaian explores the challenges faced by local and foreign female journalists in Muslim societies in the Middle East. She draws on her own experience when she was detained for 72 nights, starting in July 2014, with 69 nights in solitary confinement, in Iran before being released on bail. She was one Continue reading "The “double-edged sword” faced by local and foreign female journalists in the Middle East"