Clooney, a human rights lawyer and the U.K. government’s special envoy on media freedom, said in a speech at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on Wednesday that Trump’s repeated attacks on the media put reporters around the world at risk.
“Today, the country of [former President] James Madison has a leader who vilifies the media, making honest journalists all over the world more vulnerable to abuse,” said Clooney, who is married to the actor George Clooney.
Trump regularly describes news organizations that report critically on his administration as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” Last month, he was condemned for accusing The New York Times of conducting “a virtual act of Treason” with its report on U.S. cyberattacks on Russia’s power grid.
Clooney also used her speech on Wednesday to criticize world leaders for what she described as their “collective shrug” over the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, at the reported behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Her comments echoed those she made at the United Nations Correspondent Association Awards in New York in December.
“The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the enemy of the people,” Clooney said at the time.