Trump's attacks on media may lead to real violence: UN expert

Washington, DC, USAUpdated: Aug 02, 2018, 10:28 PM IST

File photo of US President Donald Trump. Photograph:(Reuters)

US President Donald Trump's attacks on the media violate the basic norms of press freedom and run the risk of triggering real violence against journalists, the UN rapporteur for freedom of expression said on Thursday.

“These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law,” David Kaye said in a joint statement with Edison Lanza, who holds the same post with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

“We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence,” they said.