BERLIN – Journalists should be observers, not actors in coverage events, regardless of whether they work in a small town in Eastern Europe or in the White House. However, as journalists around the world became targets, many were wondering at what time it was justifiable to drop the pen and speak – and came up with very different conclusions.
In Germany, a group of regional journalists decided that this point came in May, when the extreme right of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) at a press conference announced that the journalist with the best-selling tabloid Bild would not allow questions during the event. The reporter, who was excluded from the press briefing, Michael Sauerbier, raised critical questions during a previous press conference about the alleged links of a senior AfD official to the right-wing extremist group.
It was not the first time that Afrodizers turned off the journalists, but more and more journalists in the room agreed on what to do. They came out of the room; The press conference has been canceled.
If any of those present at that time watching an exchange of testimony between President Trump and the CNN reporter at the CNN Jim Acosta on Wednesday, they may have had some flashbacks on that day in May.
During a press conference after Wednesday, Acosta asked if Trump "demonized immigrants" by calling the caravan migrants from Central America "an invasion". When the White House practitioner tried to recover the microphone, Acosta resisted by raising her arm.
"Excuse me, ma'am," said the woman.
Trump's response was less subtle. "CNN should be ashamed of what you did for them, you're a rough, horrible person, you should not be working for CNN, you're a very rough person," Trump told Acosta. Trump has long considered the possibility of taking away credentials from journalists. "Why do we do so much in dealing with the media when it is corrupted? Remove the credentials?" He asked in Twitter this May.
And on Wednesday, the White House for the first time followed these threats when it suspended accreditation for Akosta journalists in an unpredictable move.
In other nations in which foreign parties openly violate democratic principles or when journalists have to fear for their lives, Akosta was marked in the morning on Thursday. His combat test of the president was made possible by fans in social media in India, for example, where some praised his readiness to take over the chief commander.
One user made a video in contrast to the issues of Acosta with footage from the event in 2015, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a holiday event for journalists – and they followed him to take over themselves. Modi did not hold a press conference in which journalists freely asked questions during their entire mandate.
Foreign journalists were not alone in their support for Acosta. At a press conference on Wednesday, journalist Trump, who immediately called, immediately looked for defensive defense. But would the US correspondents need to cross the path of their foreign counterparts and boycott the briefing?
The bar for such action is relatively high abroad. In one case, foreign journalists left the Israeli press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull last year after the guards made a search for a photographer from the European Press Agency. The incident was later described by the Foreign Press Association as "unnecessary and humiliating" and the coverage was shamed by the Israeli government.
In the case of the German AfD incident, it seems that the strike had an impact. Senior official officials recently held a roundtable discussion with leading German editors, with a pronounced goal of encouraging a more moderate dialogue, even though "false news" slogans did not fade off the streets.
AfD and Trump are, of course, hardly comparable. Trump was sometimes engaged with the media and at some other moments on them. He threatened to sue the shops, but he has not passed it yet. AfD is, meanwhile, an opposition party with limited influence.
When former US Press Secretary Sean Spicer excluded several news organizations from an informative news press last February, but called conservative publications to join, only a few media decided to boycott the event. The reasons for the withdrawal to boycott the briefing were different: some argued that the continuation of coverage of administration was more important than setting the case. Other polarized news seemed to be favored.
In contrast, Germany has a more moderate media landscape, in which far-left or right publications and networks have so far gained a little pull. German journalists often issue statements through joint umbrella associations when they fear the violation of the freedom of the press, regardless of the editorial positions of their documents.
In response to an incident in May, one such association issued a clear directive to its members: "We ask all of our members to attend the AfD event if all present journalists have the right to ask questions."
Joanna Slater in New Delhi contributed to this report. Parts of this post were first published on May 10, 2018.
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