Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States precipitated a “witch hunt” against journalists around the world, according to Reporters Without Borders.

The United States ranks 43rd in the Freedom of the Press Index
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Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has precipitated a “witch-hunt” against journalists around the world, according to a report released by Reporters Without Borders. “Donald Trump’s repeated interventions to qualify the ‘media’ and his representatives among the ‘most dishonest human beings in the world’ for spreading ‘false news’ put an end to a long American tradition of struggle for Freedom of information, “said the RSF annual report.

The USA ranks 43rd in the RWB press freedom index – against 41st in the previous year – by integrating the “satisfactory” group of countries, immediately after Burkina Faso and before the Comoros, Taiwan, and Romania.

The hate speech used by the new White House chief and his accusations of lies has helped disinhibish attacks on media in every country in the world, including in the democratic world, “the organization said.

Groups and people declared antisystem, such as Trump himself, use ‘media’ discredit as ‘preferred weapon’. But it is not just Trump, RSF noted in the report, noting that in the UK, during the UK’s ‘Brexit’ campaign, the then leader of the UK’s xenophobic Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage, made the attack on the media the fundamental pillar of the campaign.

Also in Italy, the head of the Five-Star movement, Bepe Grillo, said he preferred to express himself through his blog rather than answering “fastidious questions” of the journalistic “caste” and even called for a “popular jury to determine the veracity Of the information published by journalists “.

All this, the organization noted, has made the attacks on press freedom far more virulent in the last year than in previous years, “although the deterioration is not [something] new.” Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands occupy the first five places of the world press freedom index. North Korea – the worst ranked – Eritrea, Turkmenistan, Syria and China are among the last five.

 

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