Ett löst sammansätt nätverk av Trump-anhängare kartlägger enskilda journalister och deras familjemedlemmar för att samla komprometterande information, skriver New York Times.

Enligt tidningen så har gruppen publicerat information om journalister anställda hos CNN, New York Times och Washington Post.

A loose network of conservative operatives allied with the White House is pursuing what they say will be an aggressive operation to discredit news organizations deemed hostile to President Trump by publicizing damaging information about journalists.

It is the latest step in a long-running effort by Mr. Trump and his allies to undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting. Four people familiar with the operation described how it works, asserting that it has compiled dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country’s most prominent news organizations.

New York Times 

Flera år

I flera fall så har gruppen granskat flera år av publiceringar av texter i medier, postade inlägg i sociala medier och informationen har spridits vidare av anställda i Vita Huset, anställda inom Trumps omvaljskampanj och i andra konservativa, republikanska kretsar.

A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The Times, said in a statement that such tactics were taking the president’s campaign against a free press to a new level.

“They are seeking to harass and embarrass anyone affiliated with the leading news organizations that are asking tough questions and bringing uncomfortable truths to light,” Mr. Sulzberger said. “The goal of this campaign is clearly to intimidate journalists from doing their job, which includes serving as a check on power and exposing wrongdoing when it occurs. The Times will not be intimidated or silenced.”

New York Times