WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Amal Clooney accused President Donald Trump of “giving the green light” for the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- The human rights lawyer was referring to Trump’s rhetoric about the media “being the enemy of the people” and his attacks on news outlets at his rallies.
- Clooney, who condemned Trump in her speech at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards on Wednesday, was honored as the UNCA Global Citizen of the Year.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused President Donald Trump of posing a threat to journalists around the world.
On Wednesday night, Clooney was honored as the UNCA Global Citizen of the Year at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards in New York City.
During her speech, Clooney said that Trump’s sharp rhetoric about the media has paved the way for reporters being “under attack,” particularly in “autocratic regimes from North Korea to the Philippines to Hungary.
“The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she said.
More popularly known as Hollywood actor George Clooney’s wife, Amal has represented journalists around the world, including those detained in countries like Egypt and Azerbaijan.
In her speech, Clooney tied Trump’s rhetoric about the media to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The Washington Post journalist was brutally killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Leaked reports of Khashoggi ‘s murder say that the killing lasted seven minutes and he was suffocated. Turkish investigators even suggested that his remains may have been dissolved in acid.
The president has referred to the press as the enemy of the people over and over again, even during his speech at rallies.
In October, CNN president Jeff Zucker highly criticized the White House for “the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media” after the CNN’s office in Manhattan received more than a dozen bombs.
Clooney has represented Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were convicted and imprisoned for seven years in Myanmar for reporting the killing of the Rohingya minority by government forces.
Trump has also been in hot water over Khashoggi’s murder for refusing to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Many, including US senators and the CIA, believe the prince arranged the killing.
Senators from both parties on Wednesday announced with a “high level of confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed was “complicit” in the killing, the Insider reported.
Trump has continued to defend the Saudi crown prince and said the US-Saudi bilateral relation is “paramount” in his decision-making.
Source: Business Insider