Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt hires human rights lawyer for journalist safety campaign

Amal Clooney, the international human rights lawyer, has been appointed by Jeremy Hunt to act as the foreign secretary’s special envoy on media freedom as part of his campaign to highlight assaults and restrictions on journalists globally. She will also chair a high-level panel of legal experts on the issue.

The UK and Canada are hosting a ministerial conference in London in July to draw attention to attacks on journalists. It has been claimed that 2018 was the deadliest year yet for journalists, with 99 killed, 348 detained and 80 taken hostage by non-state groups. The attacks last year started to spread to Europe, including Malta and eastern Europe.

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