In a new interview, famed human rights lawyer and Special Envoy on Media Freedom to the British Foreign Secretary, Amal Clooney, has spoken out against world leaders who have, and continue to attempt to “silence the press.”
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Speaking with The Guardian, the accomplished barrister questioned the impact of U.S. president, Donald Trump, stating that “some of the language used about journalists by authoritarian leaders is inspired by the language that came from the U.S. president."
Her comments come as part of a new campaign to crack down on media censorship, with the intention of putting an end to the harassment of journalist, and to help implement solutions to prevent members of the press from being wrongfully imprisoned or censored.
"If world leaders are becoming more united and more innovative in finding ways to silence the press, shouldn’t we as defenders of the press do the same."
Amal continued, reprimanding Trump for the deliberate way he brands any criticism of his policies or actions ‘fake news,’ and has described journalists as "dishonest, terrible people" and the media as an "enemy of the people".
Her campaign will not target countries in general but will rather focus on stopping individuals – from ministers to prosecutors – from imprisoning journalists, shutting down publications or threatening journalists in general.
“Autocrats hold dear control of the media,” Clooney said. “All I can do as a human rights lawyer is keep trying to move an issue further up the to-do list and keep pushing so where a country is wavering they are more likely to do something than not. But yes, it is a pretty bleak landscape when it comes to accountability for human rights abuses.”