US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP
Owen Churchill
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Owen Churchill

Beyond ‘fake news’: Donald Trump takes steps against journalists that undermine press freedoms around the world

  • Owen Churchill says the US president’s recent actions and statements amount to giving licence to any authoritarians who want to silence critics and coverage

US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP
US President Donald Trump watches as a White House aide reaches to take away a microphone from Jim Acosta of CNN during a news conference in Washington on November 7. CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be restored. Photo: AP
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, human rights, and China's influence overseas. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of SOAS in London and Fudan University in Shanghai.