John McCain has criticized Donald Trump’s anti-journalism remarks before and he did so again Wednesday evening.
.@pressfreedom‘s annual report shows record # of journalists imprisoned worldwide in 2017, including 21 on “fake news” charges. @POTUS must understand his harmful rhetoric only empowers repressive regimes to jail reporters & silence the truth. https://t.co/S65iPnPBsN
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 13, 2017
“If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press,” McCain told NBC news in February. “And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.”
In their report, the CPJ noted that “Trump’s nationalistic rhetoric, fixation on Islamic extremism, and insistence on labeling critical media ‘fake news’ serves to reinforce the framework of accusations and legal charges that allow leaders to preside over the jailing of journalists.”