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Global Press Oppressors

Submitted by ub on Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:17

As U.S. President Donald Trump announces his “Fake Media” awards, the Committee to Protect Journalists names it's global Press Oppressor world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action, and censorship to try to silence their critics.

The list features leaders from China, Egypt, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and the United States who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media at a time when a record number of journalists are being jailed for their work.

“It’s staggering to see the extent to which some world leaders are so fearful of their critics and the truth,” said CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch, from Washington, D.C. “At a time when the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high the failure of President Donald Trump and other leaders to stand up for press freedom risks weakening democracy and human rights.”

The Global Press Oppressors list includes four categories as well as an award for the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom:

Most Thin-skinned

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Donald Trump, United States

Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt

Tightest Grip on Media*

President Xi Jinping, China

Runner-Up: President Vladimir Putin, Russia

*This category excludes countries with no independent media, such as North Korea and Eritrea.

Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom

State Counselor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar

Runner-Up: President Andrzej Duda, Poland

Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom

President Donald Trump, United States

Trump named top global 'press oppressor' http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367968-trump-named-top-globa…

In response to Trump’s fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards https://yubanet.com/life/in-response-to-trumps-fake-news-awards-cpj-ann…

Trump won an award from the Committee to Protect Journalists http://mashable.com/2018/01/08/trump-press-oppressors-award/#UtlMl15S58…