Walmart pulls 'Rope. Tree. Journalist.' T-shirt from site

Walmart has removed a T-shirt that read

A Walmart spokesperson noted in a statement that the shirt came through a third-party vendor but confirmed that the item "clearly violates our policy".

Walmart removed a controversial T-shirt urging violence against journalists from its website after a news association asked for it to be pulled amid "today's vitriolic political and ideological environment", according to a report. Walmart removed the shirt from their website soon after being notified. At worst, they openly encourage violence targeting journalists. "Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED", had been offered for sale on Walmart.com by a third-party seller, Teespring.com, which also offers on its site a coffee mug featuring the slogan.

According the nonprofit organization, within hours of sending the letter Walmart had removed the shirt from its site.

Shortly thereafter, Mr Shelley wrote in an online post, he received an email from the retailer saying his warning had been "forwarded to the appropriate team to remove it".

RTDNA noted in its emailed complaint that almost three dozen journalists have been assaulted in the USA this year "merely for performing their Constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth".


"According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which RTDNA is a founding partner, almost three dozen journalists have been physically assaulted so far this year across the country merely for performing their Constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth", said the letter from RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley.

The shirt has also been taken down from the Teespring site.

According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which RTDNA is a founding partner, almost three dozen journalists have been physically assaulted so far this year across the country merely for performing their Constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth. Thirty-two more have been arrested.

Mr Shelley added: 'Companies have a right to sell and consumers have a right to purchase these shirts. "However, just because Walmart has the right to sell the shirts, that doesn't mean it is the right thing to do".

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