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Reporters Committee condemns video depicting violence against news media

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Executive Director Bruce Brown’s statement on an animated video depicting President Trump physically attacking members of the news media.

On Oct. 13, the New York Times reported that an animated video depicting President Trump “shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and his political opponents” was shown at a conference for the president’s supporters at the Trump National Doral Miami. The video shows the president’s head superimposed on the body of a man attacking individuals who have the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies.

Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, made the following statement:

“We are sickened that the president’s supporters would turn to advocating violence against reporters and the news media. Our free press plays a fundamental role in American democracy, but the climate is increasingly dangerous for journalists working to keep us all informed.

“The president must not only denounce this horrifying video, but also put an end to rhetoric that’s contributed to an environment here in the United States where journalists are threatened, harassed, and physically attacked.”

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