UN slams media attacks

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein gestures as he delivers a press conference. AFP

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN human rights chief said yesterday US President Donald Trump’s relentless attacks on the media could trigger violence against journalists. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced particular alarm over Mr Trump’s verbal assaults on CNN, the New York Times and Washington Post. “To call these news organisations ‘fake’ does tremendous damage and to refer to individual journalists in this way … is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists? Let’s assume a journalist is harmed from one of these organisations, does the president not bear responsibility for this, for having fanned this?” Mr Zeid said. “I believe it could amount to incitement.” According to him, Mr Trump’s media assaults have emboldened other countries to crack down on press freedoms.

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