JAN 21, 2017: FT headlines after inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. Photo: ifeelstock
JAN 21, 2017: FT headlines after inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington D.C. Photo: ifeelstock


“His hostility towards the press, reflected in his combative language and reluctance to hold open and civil press conferences, is worrisome”, said Silvio Waisbord.  

 Silvio Waisbord Photo: Svante Emanuelli © 2016
Silvio Waisbord Photo: Svante Emanuelli © 2016

Waisbord believes that news organizations can produce investigative reporting that scrutinizes the new administration amid increased tension and uncertainty.

“Populism might mobilize people against the critical press in a negative manner, cultivating hatred of those who think differently, offering arguments to justify restrictions, censorship and tougher laws, discouraging critical reporting”.

Whether Europe will face the same fate as the US remains to be seen, according to Waisbord, even though some populist governments such as in Hungary and Poland have tried to weaken freedom of the press.

“We are really in uncharted waters in contemporary politics, media and democracy. It depends on whether democratic institutions/mechanisms are strong enough to resist populism's attacks and the press becomes emboldened to denounce abuses and scrutinize populism”.

The NGO Reporters Without Borders has highlighted the importance of press freedom during Trump’s presidency.
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VIDEO: Watch the recorded lecture

Watch the recorded public lecture Populism and the dangers of anti-liberal communication (VIDEO, 1 februari 2017) with Silvio Waisbord.
 

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