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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Former UK Prime Minister Cameron decries Trump attacks on media

David Cameron said the US President was corrupting society and diverting attention from real abuses

Former British prime minister David Cameron has rebuked US President Donald Trump for criticising the media. Getty Images
Former British prime minister David Cameron has rebuked US President Donald Trump for criticising the media. Getty Images

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron joined the chorus criticising US President Donald Trump for his tirades against journalists.

In his first public speech since stepping down after his failed attempt to win a vote to stay in the European Union last year, Mr Cameron said Mr Trump was corrupting society and diverting attention from real abuses through his attacks on outlets like CNN and the BBC.

“President Trump: ‘fake news’ is not broadcasters criticising you, its Russian bots and trolls targeting your democracy, pumping out untrue stories day after day, night after night,” Mr Cameron said at an anti-corruption lecture hosted by Transparency International and law firm Clifford Chance in London.

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Mr Trump has frequently voiced his opposition to journalists on Twitter and during speeches, calling the media “the enemy of the American people”.

Mr Cameron championed the fight against corruption and pushed through legislation strengthening the hand of law enforcement officials. Now, he said, the problem is worsening.

The growth of populations living in fragile states, the abuse of new technologies, predatory tactics by anti-democratic states, and misinformation such as that spread by Trump are driving this negative trend, Mr Cameron said.