Amal Clooney is a role model to us all - and for very good reason. On Friday, the human rights lawyer was appointed the UK’s Media Freedom Special Envoy by UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. This is just the latest in her string of impressive titles, after she was recently named an ambassador and figurehead of a new award for Prince Charles’ charity, the Prince’s Trust.
And if you thought she didn’t already have her hands full taking on high-profile human rights cases and carrying out humanitarian work, not to mention raising twins, she will now also chair a panel of legal experts advising foreign governments on improving safety and protection for journalists, by developing legal initiatives and combatting restrictive laws.
Breaking: Foreign Secretary @Jeremy_Hunt appoints International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as his Special Envoy on Media Freedom and Chair of a new panel of legal experts. #DefendMediaFreedom pic.twitter.com/exaW1YOrrA— Foreign Office (@foreignoffice) April 5, 2019
The UK government announced that 2018 was the deadliest year on record for reporters with 99 killed worldwide and 60 taken hostage by non-government groups.
Jeremy Hunt said of this new partnership, “Amal Clooney’s leading work on human rights means she is ideally placed to ensure this campaign has real impact for journalists and the free societies who depend on their work. She will use her expertise to chair a panel comprising the world’s best legal minds to develop and promote legal mechanisms to prevent and reverse media abuses.”
"Violence against journalists has reached alarming levels globally and we cannot turn a blind eye." @Jeremy_Hunt on plan to #DefendMediaFreedom.#G7 | #G7France— Foreign Offic (@foreignoffice) April 5, 2019
The celebrated barrister has most recently been working to free two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar.
The role will be unpaid, with Amal deeming it an “honour”. She stated, “Through my legal work defending journalists I have seen first-hand the ways in which reporters are being targeted and imprisoned in an effort to silence them and prevent a free media.”
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