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Trump, Russia and China media attacks 'threaten democracy'

http://www.france24.com/en/20180425-trump-russia-china-media-attacks-threaten-democracy?ref=tw_i

 

PARIS (AFP) - 

Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China's bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said Wednesday.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that a "climate of hatred and animosity" towards journalists combined with growing attempts to control the media pose a "threat to democracies".

Its annual report said that reporters were the target of a growing wave of authoritarianism with leaders whipping up hostility against them.

 

The group accused the world's three superpowers -- the US, China and Russia -- of leading the charge against press freedom, with Trump regularly launching personal attacks on reporters and Beijing exporting its "media control model" to strangle dissent elsewhere in Asia.

The slide towards "strongman" and populist politics in Europe, stoked by Moscow, was threatening freedoms in the region where they were once safest, it added, with Hungary, Slovakia and Poland setting off alarm bells.

 

Czech President Milos Zeman turned up at a press conference with a fake Kalashnikov inscribed with the words "for journalists" while Slovakia's former leader Robert Fico called journalists "filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes" and "idiotic hyenas".

 

"The unleashing of hatred towards journalists is dangerous and a threat to democracy," RSF chief Christophe Deloire told AFP.

"Political leaders who fuel loathing for reporters... undermine the concept of public debate based on facts instead of propaganda. To dispute the legitimacy of journalism today is to play with extremely dangerous political fire," he added.

- China's 'oppressive' order -

RSF said that hostility towards the media is "no longer confined to authoritarian countries such as Turkey and Egypt", but was poisoning the political atmosphere in some of the great democracies.

"More and more democratically elected leaders no longer see the media as part of democracy's essential underpinning, but as an adversary to which they openly display their aversion," the report said, picking out Trump, India's Narendra Modi and Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte for particular criticism.

 

The US president had referred to reporters as "enemies of the people", a term once used by Stalin, it said.

 

RSF accused Vladimir Putin?s Russia of "stifling independent voices at home? and extending its propaganda network by means of media outlets such as RT (Russian Today) and Sputnik."

It had even harsher words for Beijing, saying "Xi Jinping's China is getting closer and closer to a contemporary version of totalitarianism.

 

"Censorship and surveillance reached unprecedented levels thanks to the massive use of new technology" in his first term in office, the report said.

Now the Chinese government "is trying to establish a 'new world media order' under its influence, by exporting its oppressive methods, information censorship system and Internet surveillance tools," it added.

 

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The Media has its good points and bad points. World leaders have their good points and bad points.  Both will be gone soon. Good riddance!

Best not to get too involved in specific discussions that condemn or support one over the other. Neutrality can easily get lost when we get caught up in the worlds political  conflicts and arguments. It’s becoming more and more difficult to be neutral in today’s  political climate.

 

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Hi Burt I only highlight these things to show man does not know how to direct his own step and is not open to any agreement, the fast pace of change etc etc in this time of the end (sometimes good points to bring out in talks) good to remind people not to get caught up in it though.

Agape brother

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One thing this should caution us about. Especially in North America. If the government turns on media like they did in russia over 15 years ago it doesn't take long for them to turn on us. Freedom of speech is what we depend on to preach openly. If the media is attacked and even members of it assassinated like in Russia it doesn't take long for them to turn on us. This could be setting up something far more ominous than just spouting rhetoric.  

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