NYT’s Sulzberger: Trump’s administration refused to help, the reporter in danger, abroad

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A New York Times publishing on Monday, the trump administration said refused to intervene to prevent one of its reporters in Egypt arrested two years ago and detailed the other cases, in which the President, Trump has “moved from our country its historical role as a defender of the free press.”

In a long op-ed Monday, A. G. Sulzberger, said that “anti-press rhetoric” of trump card against so-called “fake news” outlets at home, and has inspired the systematic jailing and murder published by independent journalists abroad.


“During the attack on the American media, the President of Trump done more ditch, than to its own citizens’ faith in the news organizations that try to hold him accountable. He has effectively given foreign heads of state and government the permission to do the same with their countries, journalists, and even the vocabulary, to do with it,” Sulzberger wrote.


The new York times detailed an instance, in which he told the New York Times received a call from a U.S. diplomat in Egypt in the year 2017, and, in contempt of the orders, warned the newspaper that one of his reporters, Declan Walsh, was in front of the “imminent arrest” of officials in Egypt.

“This call took a surprising and disturbing twist,” Sulzberger wrote. “We have learned that the official had passed along this warning, without the knowledge or consent of the Trump administration. Instead of trying to stop, carried out by the Egyptian government, or support, the reporter, believed the official, the Trump manage to sit on the information and let the arrest. The official feared to be punished, also, for alerting us to the danger.”

Instead of relying on U.S. protection, The times, the Irish diplomats who came to Walsh’s home within an hour and accompanied him on a plane before he could be arrested. Walsh, an Irish citizen, the reports for the time.

“Those of us leading The times, not more, it is difficult not to worry, we know we have colleagues on the ground, where the war rages on, the disease spreads deteriorating conditions,” Sulzberger. “But we have long taken comfort in the knowledge that all our own preparations and our own guarantees, there has always been another critical safety net: the government of the United States, the world’s biggest champion of the free press. In the last few years, but something has changed dramatically.”

The op-ed noted that Trump has the word “fake news” more than 600 times on Twitter. Sulzberger also dismissed shortly before the first anniversary of the killing of Washington Post-journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Trump has been criticized for refusing to condemn the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the kill.


The Committee to protect journalists, a non-profit based in New York City, reports, 252 journalists were imprisoned worldwide in the last year for the completion of their job duties. Sixteen reporters were killed, in the year 2019. Sulzberger says that Trump has the ignore for the First Amendment spat in a “worldwide attack on the journalists and the journalism.” He concluded his op-ed, by renewing a call for the protection of our “core democratic values” in a time, as his decisive power to account.

“The true power of a free press, an informed, engaged citizenry. I believe in independent journalism and want it to thrive. I believe in this country and its values, and I want us to live up to them and offer them as a model for a freer and fairer world,” he wrote. “The United States has done more than any other country for the dissemination of the idea of freedom of expression and the defence of the rights of the free press. The time has come to fight for us, for this perfect again.”

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