Trump's Threat to Press Freedom: Insights from the Turkish Experience
President-Elect Trump’s expressions of distaste for and hostility towards the press were a regular feature of his election campaign. He blacklisted certain media outlets from his rallies, repeatedly threatened to sue the New York Times, and vowed to “open up” the libel laws to make it easier to sue the press. Whether he intends to follow through with his threats—and indeed, many of his campaign promises—is far from clear. But based on his statements and actions to date, President-Elect Trump appears to pose a truly unprecedented threat to freedom of the press in the United States.
If Trump is looking for advice on how one might beat a nation’s press into submission, he might pick up the phone and call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.