International Federation of Journalists Slams Trump Over Violent Tweet

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Reprinted from The International Federation of Journalists on July 3, 2017. It is unattributed.

The International Federation of Journalists on Monday strongly condemned the attacks of the President of the United States Donald Trump against US media company CNN, following a video the President published Sunday on Twitter.

The video shows President Trump beating up a person with the CNN logo on his face.

The 28-second video was originally shot in 2007 during a World Wrestling Entertainment broadcast. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted a manipulated version with the CNN logo on the face of the beaten man, WWE founder Vince McMahon, using the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN as Trump accuses the TV channel of “fake news”.

Several media groups and even some Republican politicians stood up publicly against the use of such content against a media outlet. “It’s not just anti-CNN. It’s anti-freedom of the press,” CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said on Sunday, while Jeb Bush, former candidate to the Republican primary elections, described the tweet as “inappropriate, undignified and unpresidential“. “He is going to get someone killed in the media,” claimed Ana Navarro, a Republican critical of the President and a commentator on both CNN and ABC media. …

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