Press Freedom Defense Fund Condemns President for Inciting “Anti-Press” Violence

Donald Trump is a psychopath who has whipped up a toxic hatred of the press at home, while acquiescing in the murder of journalists by dictators abroad.

Trump's constant attacks on the press led to an attempted bombing of CNN this week. At the same time, he has downplayed evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.   

Trump takes every opportunity to spread lies and hate in his campaign against the press. Just days before the bomb was discovered at CNN, he praised a Republican congressman for assaulting a reporter. 

After the bomb sent to CNN was discovered, Trump doubled down on his anti-press rhetoric and told a rally of his frenetic supporters that the media was at least partly to blame for the lack of civility in the country today. He refused to admit that he is to blame. 

In August, Trump tweeted that "the fake news hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's True. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War!  They are very dangerous and sick!"

Is it any wonder that his rhetoric leads to violence against the press?  

The American press must hold Trump accountable for his increasingly dangerous rhetoric and demagoguery.

James Risen
Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

Kate Myers
Deputy Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund


First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Grants under this program are used to fund challenges to policies or actions that restrict press freedom and obstruct access to essential information in the United States and around the world.

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