Walmart has stopped selling a controversial T-shirt urging violence against journalists, which was available through its website, at the request of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).
The tee read: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”
The T-shirts “simply inflame” the passions of people who don’t like or understand the media, explains RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley. “At worst, they openly encourage violence against journalists. We believe they are particularly inflammatory within the context of today’s vitriolic political and ideological environment.”
According to US Press Freedom Tracker, nearly three dozen journalists have been assaulted in 2017, while the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that at least 48 journalists have so far been killed in other countries this year.