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The most damaging leaders for journalism

The Committee for the Protection of Journalists Awards Trump's first prize for undermining the role of the media

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The most damaging leaders for journalism

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump threw one of those creepy tweetss that we're used to. It heralded award of disturbing awards to "most dishonest and corrupt" media. The finalists, result of a contest convened by him on Twitter, are CNN and ABC Networks and Time magazine. Trump has decided to keep winner's mystery alive until next Wednesday. Meanwhile, Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a non-governmental organization that fights abuses of press and promotes freedom of expression around world, has released its own awards to those leaders who most Contempt have shown to craft.

As it could not be orwise, victory is pointed out Trump, considered world leader who has caused more damage to freedom of press. "It has undermined role of country's media, attacking journalists and ir information," says CPJ. For a long time, America has championed independence of press against power and has defended free journalism as a bulwark of democracy, but Trump has come to pulverize this inheritance. Since declaring his presidential candidacy, in 2015, he has published about 1,000 tweets against press.

In category of "most susceptible" leader in news published by media, winner is Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan for encouraging courts to take 46,193 cases for insults to President, Republic, Parliament or or institutions. Turkey also heads list of countries that have taken advantage of fight against terrorism to Vapulear press freedom, as demonstrated by (at least) 73 professional prisoners accused of belonging or supporting alleged terrorist organizations. The runner-up in this modality is Egyptian president, Abdelfatá al Sisi, who with new anti-terrorism law has a free field to restrict rights of journalists.

The CPJ list cannot be missed by two or particularly damaging leaders: Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The Russian president has struck newspapers, radios and neutral televisions and journalists do not get rid of harassment of authorities, who have strived to emulate successful Chinese model of censorship on Internet. Aung San Suu Kyi takes prize for biggest setback in press freedom. The Myanmar regime has entered club of world's 10 most censored countries, and harassment of press is ongoing. The Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991 has now earned a shameful award.

Equally dishonorable is that among great enemies of freedom of information appears an EU member. Behind Burmese human rights Muse is Polish president, Andrzej Duda, whose government has taken direct control of public media, a policy incompatible with principles of Union.

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