Amanpour Warns Trump is Encouraging Dictators to Destroy Freedom of Press

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview on Sunday warned that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against the news media is encouraging dictators to “beat up against” members of the press.

“I mean, look, we have, for instance, in London, this weekend, the president of Turkey, a U.S. ally. Recep Tayyip Erdogan is coming here. This is one of the key abusers of the press in his own country. I mean, taking them to court, you know, putting them in prison. I mean, just the worst,” Amanpour said to CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

“So when the president of the United States of America, you know, says these kinds of things, other leaders are empowered, whether they’re quasi-democratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, they’re all empowered to beat up against the press. And that’s really dangerous around the world,” she continued.

Amanpour’s comments come at a time when Trump’s relationship with most of the news organizations becomes more and more hostile.

Last week President Trump hinted that they might take away news networks’ press credentials if they have what he calls “negative” coverage.

Since the presidential campaign, Trump has regularly been in a confrontation with members of the news media, referring to journalists as “fake news” and “dishonest media.”

Amanpour on Sunday also stated that news organizations should have banded together when Trump took away some news outlets’ press credentials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I think it should be one for all and all for one. If one of our members is targeted, we should all rise up,” Amanpour said. “That’s what gives us strength.”

Meanwhile, the only media outlet that is not Trump’s enemy is Fox News, which the president regularly praises.

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