The Committee to Protect Journalists started their own awards ceremony to recognize world leaders who have “gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media.” This is in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was planning a “fake news” awards ceremony.
The following are the categories at the award ceremony; Most Thin-skinned; Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press; Tightest Grip on Media; Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom; and Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom. The winner of the Most Thin-Skinned was President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The runner-up for this category was Trump, for threatening to “open-up” U.S. libel laws, sue news outlets and review broadcast licenses.
The committee wrote: “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.” “As Trump and other Western powers fail to pressure the world’s most repressive leaders into improving the climate for press freedom, the number of journalists in prison globally is at a record high.”