Alverdens mediechefer til Trump: Drop angreb på medierne

I et brev til præsident Trump giver 40 medieledere udtryk for, at de er bekymrede over udfald mod pressen. Fra Rusland til USA og Sydafrika til Asien står medieledere sammen om budskabet. Læs brevet her.

To danske medieledere er medunderskrivere på et brev fra sammenlagt 40 medieledere fra hele verden.

Brevet er rettet til den amerikanske præsident, Donald Trump, i kølvandet på hans udfald mod pressen.


Formand Lars Munch, JP/Politikens Hus, og chefredaktør samt administrerende direktør Erik Bjerager, Kristeligt Dagblad, har skrevet om deres bekymring.

De er bekymret på grund af den nye amerikanske regering samt præsidentens vedvarende angreb på pressen.

Medielederne skriver på vegne af dagbladenes verdensorganisation Wan-Ifra og sammenslutningen af redaktører i World Editors Forum.

Det fremgår af Wan-Ifras hjemmeside, hvor brevet er frit tilgængeligt.

De frygter, at pressefriheden er truet. De henviser til angreb på nyhedsmedier og udelukkelsen af udvalgte medier fra et pressemøde for nylig i Det Hvide Hus.

Den frie presses rolle er beskyttet både af den amerikanske forfatning og internationale menneskerettighedserklæringer, lyder det i brevet.

I brevet kritiseres præsidenten for at betegne en række amerikanske medier blandt andre New York Times, NBC News og CNN som "fake news".

De medier, du henviser til, "overholder de højeste professionelle og etiske standarder, og det er uærligt at sige, at de bidrager til den igangværende "fake news"-epidemi", lyder det i brevet.

Desuden understreger medielederne, at det ikke bør hedde "fake news", men mere retteligt "misinformation".

 
HER ER BREVET: 
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)
96 Bis Rue Beaubourg
75003 Paris, 
France
 
27 March 2017
 
 
His Excellency Donald Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
 
 
For the Attention of the President of the United States of America
 
 
Dear Mr President,
 
We are writing on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF), to express our deep concern at recent comments made by you and your administration targeting news media. Combined with the exclusion of selected news outlets from a recent White House press briefing, we fear that the overall climate for media freedom currently being fostered by your presidency seriously jeopardises the on-going ability of a free press to hold power to account in the United States. 
 
Mr President, we are dismayed to hear your frequent comments since being elected to office disparaging media and targeting individual outlets - seemingly for no other reason than personal retribution for critical reporting of you or your administration. We remind you that it is the role of a free press, protected under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, and Article 19 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to subject government and the actions of elected officials to the highest standards of scrutiny and accountability. 
 
We highlight one particular comment, among many, that you chose to articulate via the Twitter platform, the sentiments of which you then repeated during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference held on February 24th 2017: 
 
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
 
Such an accusation is immensely damaging on a number of levels. Firstly, ‘fake news’, more appropriately termed ‘disinformation’, is indeed provoking a crisis among professional news media institutions throughout the world. Addressing the question of how the professional media responds to the growing phenomenon is one of the highest priorities for our members. It is deeply unhelpful, however, to see the President of the United States of America fuelling antagonism towards news outlets by labelling them – misleadingly - as ‘fake news’. In reality, the organisations cited by you in this particular tweet adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards, and it is disingenuous to suggest they contribute to the current ‘fake news’ epidemic.
 
The effects of deliberate attempts to spread disinformation have been seen to influence election processes, alter policy, and surface unprecedented hatreds and growing resentment between peoples; all of which contribute to the division of communities. The causes, as well as the appropriate responses required to counter disinformation are being analysed by newsrooms globally, particularly in terms of what this means for professional media and the practice of journalism. 
 
The media will find a response that continues to valorise the work of professional journalists and allows the public to filter facts from fiction. However, differentiating between those that apply such standards and the organisations, blogging sites, social media commentators, etc., that do not, is very much part of the core challenge ahead regarding tackling disinformation.
 
While in no way suggesting that media is, or should be, beyond criticism we point to the rigorously established forms of redress and retraction available to all who feel wronged by the actions of professional media organisations. When this fails, our democratic societies have established legal recourse to set limitations on freedom of expression, as measured against appropriate international standards. The checks and balances provided by an independent judiciary and an independent media are therefore essential to maintaining the correct intersection between the application of laws and the exercise of rights in any political society.
 
Such a system as exists in the United States is one to which many other countries aspire, and that professional organisations such as WAN-IFRA frequently cite as a model on which to draw example when attempting to strengthen frameworks around media in the world’s most challenging regions. The US is looked to as inspiration for many around the world, particularly in terms of governance standards, the application of the law, and fundamental freedoms as upheld in the Constitution: it is therefore essential for the US to maintain its high regard for these rights and to do its utmost to guarantee their protection. Failure to do so risks weakening these values for US citizens (and included in this, media) at home, as well as inspiring authoritarian regimes abroad to weaken their commitment to democratic values.
 
Mr President, recent events appear to place all of this in jeopardy. We must also take firm exception to your accusation that media is the ‘enemy of the American People’. At a time when journalists and news media are being increasingly targeted for violent reprisal (and, in too many cases, often deadly retribution as a result of the work they do), the tone of your comment is highly inflammatory. In a deeply divided America, a country facing many challenges on numerous fronts, the need for a vocal and critical press to act as the watchdog over essential freedoms on behalf of society seems more urgent than ever. 
 
We feel strongly that the President of the world’s leading democracy should welcome and encourage the kind of rigorous self-criticism a free media upholds as a means of ensuring the highest attainable standards of governance. Media should not be seen as a hindrance to achieving this, and therefore we urge you to reconsider the language you use in order to better reflect this and to ensure the channels of power remain open and accessible to all media.
 
WAN-IFRA was founded in 1948 by the remnants of the independent European press who recognised media had - in light of the rise of violent populism and the horrors that it brought during the Second World War - to a large extent failed in its responsibility to protect democratic values on the continent. The organisation based its core principles around the notion that a free, independent press is the cornerstone of democratic society, and that without a vibrant, financially healthy and courageous media our communities would again be left exposed to the kind of tyranny and persecution witnessed in the lead up to, and during the years of conflict that so ravaged the world.
 
The association quickly grew from its initial base, and today embraces some 18,000 members from over 120 countries worldwide. Many of our early, most vocal supporters were – and indeed remain so today – from amongst the US press; the very members for whom we feel the urgent need to speak out on behalf of in this letter.
 
In this context, and given the pressing need to redress the attitudes of the current administration towards the press, we invite you to meet with our representatives at your earliest convenience to discuss ways of rebuilding a professional relationship. We firmly believe, Mr President, in the importance and value that a vociferous, critical press brings to democratic society; we would very much welcome the opportunity to convince you likewise. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Lars Munch, Chairman
JP/Politiken Newspapers, Denmark
 
 
Matti Kalliokoski, Editorial Page Editor
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland
 
Zaffar Abbas, Editor
Dawn Newspaper, Pakistan
 
Erik Bjerager, Editor in Chief and MD
Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark
 
David Callaway, Editor Emeritus and CEO 
theStreet.com, USA
 
Patrick Daniel, Deputy CEO
Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore
 
Michael Cooke, Editor
Toronto Star, Canada
 
Fatemah Farag, CEO 
Welad ElBalad Media, Egypt
 
Javier Garza, News Editor
Imagen Laguna, Mexico
 
Lisa MacLeod, Head of Digital
Times Media, South Africa
 
Toyosi Ogunseye, Editor
Sunday Punch, Nigeria
 
Verashni Pillay, Editor in Chief
Huffington Post South Africa
South Africa
 
Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief
Independent News and Media, Ireland
 
Marcelo Rech , President
World Editors Forum, Brazil
 
Bongani Siqoko, Editor
Sunday Times, South Africa
 
Vladimir Sungorkin, General Director and Chief Editor
Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia
 
Chun Wai Wong, CEO
Star Publications, Malaysia
 
Daniel Dessein, President Adepa
(Argentina Press Association) Regional Vice President Inter-American Press Association, Argentina
 
Mag. Gerald Grünberger, Verbandsgeschäftsführer
VÖZ - Verband Österreichischer Zeitungen, Austria
 
Jayme Sirotsky, President Emeritus
Grupo RBS, Brazil
 
Vesa-Pekka Kangaskorpi, President and CEO
Keskisuomalainen Oyj, Finland
 
Carlos Guyot, Editor in Chief
La Nacion, Argentine
 
Tomas Brunegård, President
WAN-IFRA, Sweden
 
Valdo Lehari Jr., Publisher & CEO 
Reutlinger General-Anzeiger  Vice-President European Newspaper Publisher’s Association (ENPA), Vice-President BDZV, Reutlinger General-Anzeiger Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
 
Thomas Lindner, CEO
FAZ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
 
Kasturi Balaji, Director
Kasturi & Sons Ltd. Publishers of The Hindu, India
 
K.N. Shanth Kumar, Director
The Printers (Mysore) Pvt Ltd. Editor, Prajavani, India
 
Jacob Mathew, Managing Editor & Publisher
Malayala Manorama Company Ltd., India
 
Pratap G. Pawar, Chairman
Sakaal Media Group, India
 
Anette Novak, Board Member
World Editors Forum, Sweden
 
D D Purkayastha, Managing Director & CEO
ABP Pvt. Ltd., India
 
Rolf Dyrnes Svendsen, Chairman of the Board
NextMedia, Norway
 
Joseph Opondo Odindo, Editorial Director 
The Standard, Kenya
 
Tore Stangebye, Treasurer
WAN-IFRA, Norway
 
Eugene Abov, Publisher
Russia Beyond the Headlines (RTBH), Russia
 
Javier Moll de Miguel President, Prensa Ibérica, Spain
 
Hans Heinrich Coninx, Board Member
Schweizer Medien - Swiss News Publisher’s Association, Switzerland
 
Pichai Chuensuksawadi Former Editor-in-Chief
Post Publishing / Former Editor Bangkok Post, Thailand
 
Donna Barrett, President & CEO
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., USA
 
Michael Golden, 1st Vice President
WAN-IFRA / Vice Chairman,     
The New York Times, USA    
 
Jeanette Gustafsdotter, CEO
Swedish Media Publishers Association, Sweden
 
Mario Calabresi, Editor in Chief
La Repubblica, Italy
Emneord: Medier, Fake News, Donald Trump, USA, 290317
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