The top human rights official at the United Nations stated that freedom of the press is under attack by U.S. President Donald Trump.
”It’s really quite amazing when you think that freedom of the press, not only sort of a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution but very much something that the United States defended over the years is now itself under attack from the President,” said Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He continued, “it’s sort of a stunning turnaround. And ultimately the sequence is a dangerous one.”
President Trump has consistently attacked the mainstream media, even before his inauguration as a candidate. His standard response to news stories that aren’t positive of him or the administration consists of him ripping the media as “fake news” and accusing journalists of being unpatriotic.
At a political rally in Phoenix last week, Trump claimed that journalists are “truly dishonest people” following criticisms of his response to a white supremacist rally in Virginia where he blamed “both sides” for the violence. One woman was killed when a man attending the rally drove his car through a crowd of counter-protestors.