Reporters Without Borders warns that there is growing animosity towards journalists
worldwide. In this year’s World Press Freedom Index
, the organization sternly warns that "hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies."
The index evaluates the state of press freedom in 180 countries each year. In Turkey and Egypt journalists are routinely accused of terrorism and are often imprisoned for not showing loyalty to the powers that be. But this negative trend also extends to countries who traditionally have always upheld freedom of speech and the freedom of the press.
"The United States, the country of the First Amendment, has fallen again in the Index under Donald Trump, this time two places to 45th," the report states. Trump has referred to journalists as "enemies of the people", jargon usually used by autocrats and dictators worldwide, afraid of any form of criticism and challenge to their rule.