Speech and Violence


U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein commented last week on Donald Trump's use of the phrase fake news. "Freedom of the press ... is now under attack from the President," said Zeid, citing the New York Times and the Washington Post specifically. "I have to ask the question is this not an incitement for others to attack journalists?" Plainly, Zeid has not been reading either paper, where fearless op-eds about Trump's character and even his sanity have been daily staples. As for incitement, this is an injudicious allegation without hard evidence. Can the world's most important defender of human rights not differentiate between speech and violence?