NY Times Publisher Slams Trump as Threat to Journalism

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2019

The publisher of the New York Times has claimed that the paper had to turn to the Irish Government to assist one of its reporters amid fears the Trump administration would not help.

The Trump administration deliberate to "sit on information" New York Occasions correspondent was about to be arrested in Egypt, the paper's writer has revealed, warning of the "chilling effect" on freedom of the press. The day after it was published he had received a call from the Time's International Editor, saying that the paper had received a warning from a USA official fearing his imminent arrest.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Mr Walsh said the incident occurred after he had published a story about the death of an Italian student named Giulio Regeni.

He furthermore added that journalists are closely monitored by the Egyptian govt. Inside an hour, Irish diplomats traveled to his home in Cairo and safely escorted him to the airport earlier than Egyptian forces may detain him.

"Egypt is one of the worst jailers of journalists in the world and that is nearly exclusively of Egyptian journalists who have been harassed, beaten and arrested and so on".

In this scenario, however, Walsh says the long-standing tradition of protecting journalists in risky countries was not respected by the Trump administration as he was turned away by the American Embassy.

The publication sought help from the Irish Embassy when a United States official told them that the Trump administration would take no action to prevent him from being detained.

Irish officials got Walsh to safety 'within an hour'.

"My first port of call was to the US Embassy in Cairo, but they told me as an Irish citizen I should go to my own embassy first".

While Sulzberger commends the Irish government for defending and protecting his journalist, he warns that seemingly no country remains untouched by the plague of anti-journalistic sentiment.

The publisher also decried the use of the term "fake news" among world leaders, including Ireland's leader, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. "It's been used by right-wing leaders, like Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro".

"It be always most well-known to point that foreign journalists in a location esteem Egypt enact now now not face the wost perils".

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