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President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump was called out in the first Press Oppressors Awards

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In response to President Trump's teased "fake news awards," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released an "awards" list calling out world leaders for anti-press behavior.

So who made the list?

Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump


Trump was acknowledged for "Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom" by CPJ, for his verbal attacks on the media as well as his 1,000 or so anti-press tweets since announcing his candidacy for president.

CPJ also cited Trump's threats to change libel laws, and his threats to sue media organizations, as a reason for the recognition. As early as February of 2016, at a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, then-candidate Trump expressed his intention to "open up" libel laws so he could sue news outlets and "win lots of money."

But Trump was also called out for his impact on the way the press is treated globally. According to CPJ, global journalist imprisonments are now at a record high because the U.S. has ceased to condemn repressive governments' treatment of the press.

After Trump popularized the phrase "fake news," other world leaders have picked up on the epithet to discredit their own media. The organization also noted that anti-press leadership often leads journalists to self-censor their work.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Erdogan was named for two awards, both "Most Thin-Skinned" and "Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press."

Journalists in Turkey who go against government narratives are often accused of aiding terrorist organizations.

Turkey also imprisons the highest number of journalists in the world, with at least 73 jailed as of last December. And in 2016 alone, Turkey's justice system charged journalists with "insulting the president" over 46,000 times.

Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping


Xi was named winner of the "Tightest Grip on Media" award, for the Chinese government's use of censorship, and a strictly controlled Internet.

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After Turkey, China jails the most journalists in the world, with at least 41 in prison in 2017.

Russia Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin


Putin came in as runner-up for the "Tightest Grip on Media" honor.

Beyond threats and harassment leveled against journalists who defy Russian narratives, Russia is also notorious for journalist deaths and disappearances under suspicious circumstances, according to CPJ.

See the full list compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists here.

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