More than 200 journalists, most of them retired or semi-retired, accused US President Donald Trump of a "sustained pattern" of attacking media in an open letter published a day after a spate of suspected pipe bombs were sent to CNN and several prominent Trump critics.
"Trump's condoning of political violence is part of a sustained pattern of attack on a free press - which includes labeling any reportage he doesn't like as 'fake news' and barring reporters and news organisations whom he wishes to punish from press briefings and events," stated the letter, which was published on Thursday morning.
Lambasting Trump's recent praise for a violent assault on a Guardian journalist, the letter went on to accuse Trump of undermining media freedoms and inciting violence against the press.
Among the signatories were former press workers for CNN, ABC and Los Angeles Times.
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