US President Donald Trump’s verbal attacks on the American media is “very close to incitement to violence” against journalists, the UN human rights commissioner has warned.
Trump’s “campaign against the media” could lead to journalists being harmed, or to them censoring themselves, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian diplomat and outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper published Monday.
“We began to see a campaign against the media … that could have potentially, and still can, set in motion a chain of events which could quite easily lead to harm being inflicted on journalists just going about their work and potentially some self-censorship,” he said. “And in that context, it’s getting very close to incitement to violence.”
Zeid is stepping down this month as the human rights commissioner after reportedly deciding not to stand for a second four-year…