violence against journalists

Rafidah Yassin,a Sudanese reporter and one of the most prominent names in the Arab media, particularly through her work as a reporter roving channel Sky News Arabic ..covered all the hot events in Egypt, Libya and now Syria. exposed to a range of problems, including kidnappings and death threats, most recently from a group Daash „ media distinct and ambitious worked in many of the Egyptian newspapers philosophy graduate of Ain Shams University

رفيدة ياسين من ابرز الاسماء في الاعلام العربي وتحديدا من خلال عملها كمراسلة متجولة بقناة اسكاي نيوز العربية ..غطت كل الاحداث الساخنة في مصر وليبا وحاليا سوريا تعرضت لمجموعة من المشاكل منها الخطف والتهديد بالقتل واخرها من جماعة داعش ،، اعلامية متميزة وطموحة عملت في عديد من الصحف المصرية خريجة فلسفة جامعة عين شمس

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Make no mistake: Donald Trump has fueled violence against journalists
Montana’s congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is charged with assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs. This began with Trump’s run for president.
By Richard Wolffe

How did we get to this point? When did our public standards fall so low that charges of physical assault were met with the sound of crickets across the Republican side of Congress?

The assault charge now standing against Montana’s congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is itself a disqualifying moment for anyone attempting to enter elected office.

You can hear for yourself what happened to Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs when he asked Gianforte a simple question about the impact of the Republican repeal of Obamacare. Make up your own mind about Gianforte’s behavior.

But there’s something even more poisonous that threatens our politics today, and it has spread far beyond Montana.

You can trace back the decline in our politics to a single campaign and a single candidate, who riled up his crowds to turn on the press and hurl abuse in their direction.

That’s the same candidate who longed for the days when he could punch protesters in the face. Sure enough, his supporters ended up punching people in the face.

Fortunately the rule of law still endures in the courts, where a Kentucky judge recently denied the candidate’s claims that he was just exercising his rights to free speech and couldn’t be sued for inciting violence.

The candidate is of course now president of the United States, who calls the media “the enemy of the American people.”

This is not a small development in the long history of shocking Trumpisms.

You don’t need to take the Guardian’s word for it. Here’s the opinion of William McRaven, the former special ops commander and architect of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden: “This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime,” he told journalism students at the University of Texas earlier this year.

Yes, journalists are important. So important that the founding fathers cited the freedom of the press in the first amendment to the constitution. At the start of the Bill of Rights, it’s sandwiched between the freedom of religion and the right to petition the government.

Journalism is so important that the Massachusetts constitution says this: “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be restrained in this commonwealth.”

It’s needless to say this, but given recent events, it’s also sadly necessary. Public threats and violence towards journalists – whether from candidates or elected officials – are clearly an attempt to restrain the press. And if you restrain the press from asking questions, you are restraining the people from asking the same questions of their own government.

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Our new President’s resume.

Called Mexicans “rapists” and “killers.”  Said he grabbed women “by the pussy” because he was a celebrity.  Said families of terrorists should be killed.  Said John McCain wasn’t a war hero because “I like them when they’re not captured.” Questioned, for years, whether our nation’s first black President was really an American.  Mocked a reporter with a disability.  Encouraged supporters to commit violence on protestors by offering to pay their legal bills.  Encouraged violence against journalists and revoked media access for some.  Said best way to repair race relations is to increase stop-and-frisk.  Received endorsements from the KKK.  Said our country should not welcome refugees.  Said immigrants without legal status should be kicked out of the country whether or not they were here by choice.  Wants to ban Muslims from entering the US and subject those that are here to a loyalty test.

May we survive the next four years.
Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody.
From my culture’s history, I know that when a demagogue begins to identify scapegoats, the Jews are never far behind.

“The elder Trump said “I don’t have a message” for supporters who threatened anti-Semitic violence against a Jewish journalist, and Melania Trump said the writer “provoked” the attacks. Attacks by Trump supporters have continued unabated against Jewish journalists. On Monday, I heard from a white supremacist with the Twitter name “Oven Builder.” Also Monday, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg thanked Trump for “empowering” the type of person who called him “Jeff Kikeberg” in a message telling Goldberg he would be hanged. Breitbart News, the alt-right website until recently run by Trump’s campaign chief, Steve Bannon, referred to Bill Kristol as a “renegade Jew” and my colleague Anne Applebaum as a “Polish, Jewish, American elitist.”

To its credit, the Trump campaign disavowed the supporter who chanted “Jew-S-A!” at a Trump rally and the endorsement of a Ku Klux Klan newspaper — after Trump’s initial reluctance to renounce David Duke’s support. But you can see why such people feel drawn to Trump. On Oct. 25, Trump supporter Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and radio host Trump has praised and echoed during the campaign, went on a diatribe about “the Jewish mafia in the United States.” Trump himself has been raising the anti-Semitic ante: On Oct. 2, talking about the “blood suckers” who back international trade and, on Oct. 13, the “global power structure” secretly scheming, a theme embraced earlier by Jones and Bannon. If Trump didn’t recognize the anti-Semitic tropes then, he has no such excuse now, after the widespread complaints from the ADL and others about the laced language of the Oct. 13 speech.

This new ad isn’t subtle — Protocols of the Elders of Zion-style propaganda, as Al Franken put it. I agree with Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall when he says this “is intentional and by design.” There have been too many instances to be otherwise.When the election returns come in Tuesday night, it will be Nov. 9 in Germany — the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” at the start of the Holocaust when Nazis vandalized synagogues and businesses. I pray that on this solemn anniversary, Americans tell Donald Trump and the world that we are never going back there. “

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The author is Jewish and a political independent.