"Two years ago we received a phone call from a US government official warning us about the imminent arrest of an Egypt-based New York Times reporter named Declan Walsh," said Sulzberger.
While these heads-up are "actually pretty normal," this special appeal "has taken a surprising and disturbing turn," said Sulzberger. "We learned that the officer passed on this warning without the knowledge or permission of the Trump administration, and instead of trying to stop the Egyptian government or help the reporter, the official believed the Trump administration intended to use the information The officer feared he would be punished for ever alerting us to the danger. "
So the Times turned to diplomats in Walsh's native Ireland and they took action:" Within an hour, Irish were traveling Diplomats to Him They escorted him safely to the airport before the Egyptian forces arrested him. "
Sulzberger added," We hate to imagine what would have happened if this brave official had not risked his career to us to alert the threat. "
Then he shared another example from the year before when Times reporter David Kirkpatrick arrived in Egypt and was arrested and deported as an obvious retaliation for disclosing information that was embarrassing to the Egyptian government. "Kirkpatrick's detention was reported at the time, but that detail was not," When we protested the move, "said Sulzberger on Monday," a high-ranking US Embassy official in Cairo openly voiced the cynical worldview that was behind the toleration The Trump administration is in for such raids. "What did you expect, what would happen to him?" he said. His coverage made the government look bad. & # 39; These are the types of stories we do not normally hear ̵
Speaking on Monday, Sulzberger said," our foreign correspondents have witnessed first-hand the charge of "fake news" charges Hannah Beech, who reports on Southeast Asia , gave a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia. In the midst of his remarks, Mr. Hun Sen pronounced a single English phrase: "The New York Times." He said the Times was so biased that it was awarded a "Fake News" award by President Trump and threatened that there would be consequences if our story did not support its version of the truth. Hannah felt a growing hostility in the crowd of thousands when the Prime Minister ransacked her and warned, "The Cambodian people will remember their faces."
"I asked him to reconsider his wider attacks on journalism, of which I believe that they are dangerous and harmful to our country, "said the publisher at the time supporting press freedom around the world, but he routinely makes fun of news organizations like The Times and urges people not to believe in genuine reporting The Times Failing, which it is not.
Speaking on Monday, Sulzberger said this was a "dangerous moment for journalism," partly because Trump's "words are dangerous and have worldwide consequences." 19659006] But, He said, hoping for hope: "Even if the president ignores this alarm and continues on this path, there are important steps that the rest of us take n can protect the free press and support those who devote their lives to the search truth all over the world. "