Human rights attorney Amal Clooney took a swipe at President Donald Trump Wednesday while warning about the diminishing freedom of the world’s press.
Clooney made her comment without directly naming Trump, but she left little to the imagination.
Earlier in her speech, Clooney cited Madison as being a staunch protector of the free press.
“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. Yet today journalists are under attack like never before,” Clooney said.
Clooney also criticized world leaders more generally when speaking about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey in October.
She said that in the wake of the revelations about Khashoggi’s case, “world leaders responded with little more than than a collective shrug.”
The concerns raised at the conference about press freedom come amid a rising number of attacks on journalists in the U.S., as reported by the US Press Freedom Tracker in May.