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International Journalists: Trump is Emboldening Dictators with Attacks on Free Press

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“The West Actually Used to Inspire Us”

International journalists warned United States editors this month that Donald Trump’s hostility toward the free press is emboldening dictators and autocratic leaders across the globe.

The annual American Society of News Editors-Associated Press Managing Editors (ASNE-APME) conference, designed to promote “fair, principled journalism” while defending and protecting the First Amendment, was held in Washington D.C. in mid-October.

The conference featured “How the world sees US: Press freedom in the Trump era,” a panel given by visiting world editors from the International Press Institute. It was described as such:

Visiting world editors (Korea, Britain, Norway and Jordan) from the International Press Institute will comment on how the embattled American press is having a ripple effect in other countries. Tables have turned, and the world now sees the United States no longer has a leader in free press issues. Join this discussion with the world panelists and the audience, moderated by IPI Chair John Yearwood, former world editor of the Miami Herald; and Marty Steffens, IPI board member and a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

In an op-ed published last week, editor and publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, Bob Davis, elaborated on some of the details shared at the conference.

“A pair of international journalists delivered a stark message to U.S. editors earlier this month,” Davis wrote in an editorial. “President Donald Trump’s hostile words towards the news media give license to totalitarian leaders around the globe.”

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These tyrants have little incentive to respect a free press when the president of the United States rails against “fake news,” threatens the broadcast licenses of outlets that report facts that make him uncomfortable or proposes locking up journalists, said Jordanian journalist Daoud Kuttab and Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of Bangladesh’s largest English-language newspaper, during the recent ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference in Washington. 

“There’s nobody in the countries around the world following Washington more than dictators and autocratic leaders,” Kuttab, director of Jordan’s Community Media Network, said. “The moment they see that the issues of democracy are no longer of priority in the U.S., they feel they can … get away with a lot more than what they normally get away with.”

Anam agreed, “We’re all used to being attacked by governments from different parts of the world, but we’re not used to being attacked by the president of the United States. The West actually used to inspire us in other parts of the world. But that sense of moral support is on the decline.”

As NCRM has reported, Donald Trump frequently attacks the free press and the First Amendment.

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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