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07 December 2018, 06:29 | Elsie Buchanan
As the event's Global Citizen of the Year honoree, the worldwide human rights lawyer gave an impassioned speech about the threats to the safety of journalists, citing specific cases of imprisonment in Myanmar and by "autocratic regimes" around the globe.
Clooney, who was named the United Nation's global citizen of the year, used her speech to talk about the hard challenges journalists face in autocratic regimes, using Myanmar, the USA and North Korea as examples.
At the United Nations Correspondents Association Dinner Awards, Clooney, 40, said in a speech (via the London Evening Standard) that autocratic regimes' "chilling effect is real, and it has already been felt, not only in Myanmar but further afield". In it, she addressed the ongoing attack on journalists - and placed much of the blame squarely on Trump.
Clooney was quick to point out the regimes that target journalists and pose the most threat to them, notably Brazil, Hungary, Turkey, North Korea, and the Philippines.
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"The US president has given [autocratic] regimes a green light, and labeled the press in this country an enemy of the people", Clooney said.
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Though Clooney's words make her a target of the next Trump Twitter tirade, many are applauding her defense of the press.
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