By Chris Haggarty, RTÉ News editor-in-chief, Saturday, 20 October 2017 | 00:45:23In the US, President Donald Trump has not only threatened to cut off federal funding for the Irish News, but has also said that if the Irish government continues to cut funding for Irish media, then it would also be considered a threat to US national security.
The Irish Times, which has been a leading Irish news source since its founding in 1854, has been accused of not doing enough to defend the rights of the Irish people in recent months.
The US president has also attacked the Irish media over its coverage.
On Friday, US President Donald Trumps administration said it would stop the publication of US news about the Irish and other US-led military operations in the Middle East.
The move came after a US-backed offensive against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria.
According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, US foreign policy is “based on the presumption that the only way to advance American national interests is by acting in the best interests of all Americans”.
“We don’t care who they are, who they worship, or what they believe, we are there to win and protect them.
The United States of America is the only nation in the world with the power to stop genocide,” Kerry said.
On Saturday, the Irish Government is due to publish its latest annual report, which covers the year to the end of December 2017.