US President Donald Trump, who recently said he would announce the “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” has been called the world’s most oppressive leader toward press freedom by the US Committee to Protect Journalists.
I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018
Donald Trump won the journalism organization’s top prize in the category of “overall achievement in undermining global press freedom,” joining four other global leaders, such as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russia Supremo Vladimir Putin, who according to the CPJ “have gone above and beyond to silence critical voices and weaken democracy.”
CPJ maintains that its awards are meant for the sole purpose of “recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media.” Though the CPJ determined that countries like Russia and China currently have the tightest leash on their national media, it eventually declared Donald Trump as the winner for “overall achievement" across categories.
The CPJ has noted Trump’s disrespect for the First Amendment as his most obvious offense, criticizing his evangelism of the phrase “fake news” term so much just for the sake of unflattering coverage, that other world leaders have now started using the term, jeopardizing the entire journalism community.
"Under Trump’s administration, the Department of Justice has failed to commit to guidelines intended to protect journalists’ sources, and the State Department has proposed to cut funding for international organizations that help buttress international norms in support of free expression” - CPJ Statement
Most Thin Skinned..?
Trump was also named a runner-up in CPJ’s “Most Thin-Skinned” category, losing the top spot to Erdoğan. According to the CPJ, Trump’s attacks on the media are notably vicious and irritably frequent, and he is known to respond to criticism using threats of lawsuits.
“As Trump and other Western powers fail to pressure the world’s most repressive leaders into improving the climate for press freedom, the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.” - CPJ Statement