Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has taken on this exciting new position campaigning for global media freedom and protection measures for all journalists to ensure their safety. The BBC has reported the Lebanese-British barrister will be working pro bono on legal initiatives to reverse the violence and imprisonment of journalists, truly a force to be reckoned with! Amal will be working alongside the U.K.’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, whom appointed the international human rights lawyer as his Special Envoy and Chair of a new panel of legal experts to combat the issue.
Mrs Clooney is “honoured” to take on the role, sharing “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.” The mother of two (gorgeous twins) has been behind several important legal dealings and ventures involving the press, making up the team that helped release two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt and representing Nadia Murad.
The Clooney’s have been praised for their philanthropic work with regards to sponsoring refugees, funding their schools and working closely with UNICEF on child protection and welfare services as well as contributing significant funds towards lifesaving and humanitarian emergency programs to stop the genocide in Sudan. In 2016, George and Amal Clooney co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ).