‘Free­dom of press un­der at­tack in U.S.’

The Hindu - - WORLD -

U.S. President Donald Trump’s crit­i­cism of jour­nal­ists amounts to an at­tack on the free­dom of the press and could pro­voke vi­o­lence against re­porters, the UN’s hu­man rights chief said on Wed­nes­day.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hus­sein said Mr. Trump had also made wor­ry­ing re­marks about women, Mex­i­cans and Mus­lims and went on to ques­tion the President’s ap­proach to im­mi­gra­tion and de­ci­sion to par­don for­mer Ari­zona law­man Joe Ar­paio. “It’s re­ally quite amaz­ing when you think that free­dom of the press, not only sort of a corner­stone of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion but very much some­thing that the United States de­fended over the years is now it­self un­der at­tack from the President,” the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights said.

“It’s sort of a stun­ning turn­around. And ul­ti­mately the se­quence is a dan­ger­ous one,” he told a news con­fer­ence in Geneva.

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