The Committee to Protect Journalists named President Trump as the winner of its “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” award in its first-ever “Press Oppressors” awards Monday.
The committee released a list of top global press oppressors on Monday in a direct response the president’s upcoming “fake news” awards.
“While previous U.S. presidents have each criticized the press to some degree, they have also made public commitments to uphold its essential role in democracy, at home and abroad,” the committee wrote of Trump.
“Trump, by contrast, has consistently undermined domestic news outlets and declined to publicly raise freedom of the press with repressive leaders such as Xi [Jinping], [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan, and [Abdel Fattah el-] Sisi.”
Trump was named as the runner-up in the “Most Thin-skinned” category, losing to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“He regularly attacks outlets and individual journalists on Twitter and in speeches, calling them ‘sad,’ ‘failing,’ or ‘garbage,’” the committee wrote about Trump. “Since declaring his presidential candidacy in 2015, Trump has posted about 1,000 tweets critical of the press.”
Erdogan won in the “Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press” category and Chinese President Xi Jinping got the top spot for “Tightest Grip on Media.”
Trump has moved his “fake news awards” to Wednesday, saying the importance of the awards “is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!”
The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018