UN Human Rights Chief

Donald Trump criticised news organisations for their coverage of the violence in Charlottesville calling journalists

"The government must ensure there are prompt, independent and effective investigations of the human rights violations allegedly committed by the security forces and of the abuses involving armed colectivos or violent protesters", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said in a news conference in Geneva Wednesday.

Both during his election campaign and throughout his tenure so far, Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed and insulted United States mainstream media outlets, calling them the "fake news".

Specifically referring to Trump's "fake news" criticism, Zeid claimed that such criticism does damage not only to the news organizations as a whole but also to the individual journalists.

"Let's assume a journalist is harmed from one of these organizations".

The United Nations' human rights chief on August 30, 2017, criticized President Trump for his comments against transgender people, Muslims and other groups that include the USA media.

Trump's rhetoric is starting to have repercussions outside the US, Zeid said.

At a campaign-style rally last week in Phoenix, Trump said journalists are "truly dishonest people" for criticizing his reaction to the violence. He hijacked the term "fake news", originally coined to describe bogus narratives circulated on the Internet, to describe any story that displeases him.

"Freedom of expression must be located within the domain of the law and take into consideration national interests and peace", Siphan added. Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, says the consensus overseas has become more like, "You are no longer the shining city on the hill". The Nazi salutes, the display of swastikas and the anti-Semitic chants had no place in the United States or anywhere else, he said. "If Trump can do it, they can as well". Their job is to report the news, not create it. Both cite the May incident in which Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, was body slammed by Greg Gianforte, a Republican congressional candidate in Montana, who went on to win the race. The need for such an initiative, Ewen says, would have been unthinkable five years ago.



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