January 21, 2019
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Human Rights Experts Denounce Trump’s Attacks Against Media

Human Rights Experts Denounce Trump’s Attacks Against Media. It took centuries to establish basic human rights. Now it looks, that it only takes 2 years to destroy them.

Human Rights Experts Denounce Trump’s Attacks Against Media

Donald Trump Attacks Medias’ And Therefore, Our Human Rights

It took centuries for fundamental human rights to be anchored. Today it looks like it only takes four years to destroy basic democratic rights or at least to ridicule them.

Leading UN reports for human rights therefore warrant justice. Dividing peoples, treating individuals with disrespect and denouncing free media in general as “fake” is an act of derision. An attack on basic human rights.

“President Trumps’ attacks are strategic, designed to undermine confidence in reporting and raise doubts about verifiable facts,”

said David Kaye, UN Special Reporter and Edison Lanza, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Trump has labelled the media as being the “enemy of the American people,” “very dishonest” and “fake news,”. Moreover, he has accused the press of distorting democracy and spreading conspiracy theories and blind hatred.

“These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law,”

Experts expressing concern that the attacks risk increasing targeted violence against journalists. And the experts stressed that over the course of his presidency, Mr. Trump and his administration have sought to undermine reporting that had uncovered fraud, abuse, potential illegal conduct and disinformation.

Each time the President calls the media ‘the enemy of the people’ or fails to allow questions from reporters from disfavoured outlets, he suggests nefarious motivations or animus. However, not even one time was he able to show any specific reporting that was driven by untoward motivations.

The UN experts are warning:

“It is critical that the US administration promote the role of a vibrant press and counter rampant disinformation.”

Therefore, let’s stand with the independent media in the United States and all over the world!

Inauguration day protest against Donald Trump
Inauguration day protest against Donald Trump

To this end, we urge President Trump to not only “stop using his platform to denigrate the media” but to condemn the attacks, including press threats at his own rallies.

Affirming that media attacks go beyond Mr. Trump’s language, they encouraged his administration, including the Justice Department, to “avoid pursuing legal cases against journalists in an effort to identify confidential sources,” saying that it undermines the media’s independence and blocks the public from accessing information.

The Government must stop pursuing whistle-blowers through the tool of the Espionage Act.

The statement of the UN Human Rights department is clear: “We stand with the independent media in the United States, a community of journalists and publishers and broadcasters long among the strongest examples of professional journalism worldwide. We especially urge the press to continue, where it does so, its efforts to hold all public officials accountable.”

The experts encouraged all media to act in solidarity against the efforts of President Trump to favour some outlets over others.

“Two years is two years too much, and we strongly urge that President Trump and his administration and his supporters end these attacks.”

Special reporters and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.

We at SocialSustainable.org fully agree with the UN experts. Free media and freedom of expression are among the fundamental values of every democracy. But so too, the fair and respectful approach to people and Media that think differently. We should rather stop this hate propaganda and solve real global issues together.

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