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There WAS a time when America would protect journalists - but that is no longer true.
The New York Times story below details the plight of a journalist how narrowly escaped from being imprisoned in Egypt.
For decades, major American news outlets figured they could count on their government to do everything it could to help reporters abroad when they found themselves under threat.
They no longer work under that assumption.
President Trump’s near-daily attacks on the press, and his use of the loaded term “enemy of the people,” gives succor to autocrats like Egypt's ruler, who view the free press as an irritant to be quashed.
Al Jazeera reporter Mahmoud Hussein has been imprisoned since December 20, 2016 - a total of 1008 days (so far).
The Committee to Protect Journalists says Egypt is among the world’s worst jailers of journalists, alongside Turkey and China. However, the number of journalists imprisoned in Saudi Arabia has risen sharply since 2011. By no small coincidence, that's just before MBS came to power in the country.
Last week, Mr. Trump joked that Mr. el-Sisi (Egypt's ruler) was his “favorite dictator.” On Monday the two leaders met again at the United Nations, and Mr. Trump issued fresh praise.
His disdain for the free press is yet another reason why Trump is one of the most dangerous politicians in the world today.