Trump says journalists must be able to work without fear of attack

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US President Donald Trump speaks about taxes on the six-month anniversary of his tax cuts in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 29, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Donald Trump, speaking one day after a gunman murdered five people at a Maryland newspaper, said Friday (June 29) that journalists should be able to work "free from the fear" of being attacked.

Trump, speaking at a White House event, made a point of addressing "the horrific shooting that took place yesterday at the Capital Gazette newsroom" in Annapolis, Maryland.

"This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job," Trump said.

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