WaPo editorial board lays down the gauntlet in stinging rebuke of Trump’s despotism

Trump’s constant bleating about “Fake news” has at times become a punchline.

“The next time someone jokes about ‘fake news,’ stop them in their tracks and remind them that a record number of journalists around the world sit behind bars today for the crime of seeking the truth,” the editors note gravely.

The Post cites the most recent annual survey from the Committee to Protect Journalists, which reveals that 262 journalists are currently imprisoned around the world on charges related to their work.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been on the attack against journalists for some time, and there are currently at least 73 held in prison, many on baseless charges of terrorism for simply doing their work.

“When journalists are arrested, it is often a sign of worse to come,” the Post notes. “[And] journalists everywhere are under increased threat because of rulers who take encouragement from Mr. Trump’s malice.

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