CPJ names global 'Press Oppressors'

New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists has named its global Press Oppressors - world leaders who use rhetoric, legal action and censorship to try to silence their critics.

A statement issued in New York on Monday by the media watchdog said the list features leaders from China, Egypt, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and the United States who have "gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media" at a time when a record number of journalists are being jailed for their work.

“It’s staggering to see the extent to which some world leaders are so fearful of their critics and the truth,” said CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch, from Washington, D.C.

“At a time when the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high the failure of President Donald Trump and other leaders to stand up for press freedom risks weakening democracy and human rights.”

The statement said the Global Press Oppressors list includes four categories as well as an award for the Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom.

These are:  
Most Thin-skinned

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Donald Trump, United States

Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
Runner-Up: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt

Tightest Grip on Media

President Xi Jinping, China
Runner-Up: President Vladimir Putin, Russia

This category excludes countries with no independent media, such as North Korea and Eritrea.

Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom

State Counselor and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar
Runner-Up: President Andrzej Duda, Poland

Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom

President Donald Trump, United States
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09 janvier 2018 12:33:25




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