Trump, tech and TV have stifled press freedom, reporters say

Trump, tech and TV have stifled press freedom, reporters say

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(Reuters) – US President Donald Trump encouraged other leaders to destroy freedom of the press, his message was bolstered by tech platforms and a mainstream media that didn’t know how to respond, three leading journalists and campaigners said.

FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump watches as he speaks to the media before boarding Air Force One to leave Washington for a trip to visit the US-Mexico border wall in Texas, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, USA, January 12, 2021. REUTERS / Carlos Barria

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Maria Ressa, who runs a Philippine news website known for criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte, and Sonny Swe, CEO of Frontier Myanmar, told a Reuters Next panel that press freedom had deteriorated sharply.

Ressa, who has been criminally prosecuted for reporting, compared the arrival of the major technology platforms to an atomic bomb that went off in the media ecosystem, manipulating readers by algorithms into increasingly incendiary news.

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