Amal Clooney to receive Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists
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Amal Clooney is poised to receive a top award from a press freedom-focused nonprofit.

The international human rights lawyer and philanthropist will be honored with the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists next month, the group announced Wednesday.

Actress Meryl Streep will present Clooney, who's married to actor and director George Clooney, with the award as part of a virtual ceremony on Nov. 19. Four journalists will also be honored during the International Press Freedom Awards, including Shahidul Alam, Mohammad Mosaed, Dapo Olorunyomi and Svetlana Prokopyeva.

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“In times of unprecedented uncertainty, it’s journalists who are out there, gathering the facts and trying to help us make sense of it all. By asking tough questions, and pursuing the truth at any cost, they are essential workers — serving the public and protecting democracy,” Streep said in a statement announcing the award recipients.

Last month, Clooney stepped down from her position as the United Kingdom's special envoy on press freedom. She said in her resignation letter that she was "dismayed" over the government's effort to breach international law.

In remarks last year, Clooney, 42, slammed world leaders for responding with “little more than a collective shrug” to the killing of U.S.-based Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national.

“As James Madison, one of America’s Founding Fathers, warned us more than 200 years ago, the right to a free press is the only effectual guardian of every other right,” Clooney said at a London conference.