Amal Clooney appointed U.K.’s media envoy
- Amal Clooney has been appointed the U.K.’s special envoy on media freedom, as the U.K. prepares to host an international conference this July in the wake of attacks on journalists across the world.
- Ms. Clooney pointed to India as one of the five countries where journalists were most at the risk of “political assassination for their work” as she also noted that such attacks happened in Europe as well. She also highlighted the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.
- Ms. Clooney will chair a panel of legal experts who will work to “support countries to repeal outdated and draconian laws and strengthen legal mechanisms to protect journalists.” Among the steps that could be taken by the panel include making proposals to countries around national laws that don’t comply with international standards, particularly around issues such as blasphemy and stringent anti-defamation rules.