News agency criticised for describing Amal Clooney as 'actor's wife' in coverage of human rights trial

The human rights lawyer was representing one of the Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced in Egypt this weekend

Siobhan Fenton
Sunday 30 August 2015 13:10

A respected news organisation has come under fire after referring to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as an “actor’s wife” in their coverage of a court case.

The Associated Press tweeted an article about three Al Jazeera journalists convicted of “spreading false news” and sentenced to prison in Egypt. They wrote: “Amal Clooney, actor’s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists.”

Ms Clooney is a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in human rights law. She read law at the University of Oxford, before obtaining a postgraduate degree from the New York University School of Law.

She has worked for the UN, contributed to books on international criminal law and lectured at a number of prestigious law schools, a point many people on social media were quick to point out.

Since marrying Hollywood actor George Clooney in 2014, some media outlets have been criticised for ‘sexist’ coverage of the lawyer by reducing her to her marital relationship.

In January of this year, when a journalist asked her which fashion designer she would be wearing to a court case, she replied “Ede & Ravenscroft”, the tailor who makes court robes for lawyers.

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