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Amal Alamuddin appointed as British Ambassador for freedom of press

8-4-2019

The UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jeremy Hunt, appointed prominent human rights lawyer of Lebanese origin and wife of Hollywood star, George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin, as ambassador of free press. In an article he wrote to The Sun newspaper, Hunt said: “We will work together to ensure the legal protection of journalists and promote laws across the world that fight hate and fake news,” adding, “I will do my best to help journalists do their job in a safe environment.” For her part, Alamuddin said she aims to build up new legal initiatives that help secure a more effective international response to assaults on the freedom of press and media. Alamuddin was speaking on the sideline of the G7 foreign ministers meeting held in France on Friday and Saturday, where she was accompanied by Hunt. Media reports have indicated that Alamuddin’s appointment is part of a campaign kicked off by Hunt to place press freedom as a priority task in his position, preparing his country to become world leader in promoting the safety of journalists worldwide as well as an umbrella for independent media. (Al Diyar, April 7, 2019)

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