Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said President Donald Trump's campaign against the media has "given the go-ahead" for the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Clooney, who represented journalists jailed in countries such as Egypt and Azerbaijan, linked Trump's rhetoric through the media with the assassination of the Washington Post journalist.
Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Leaked reports of his murder say the murder lasted seven minutes and he suffocated. Turkish investigators allegedly believe that Khashoggi's remains may have been dissolved in acid.
Clooney attacked Trump when he spoke at a ceremony at the UN Correspondents' Association in New York on Wednesday, where she received an award.
"The US President has given the green light to such regimes and called the press in that country an enemy of the people," she told the Times.
"And of course, two months ago, a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, went to a consulate in Istanbul and was brutally tortured to death."
Trump has repeatedly referred to the press as an enemy of the people and adopted at his rallies songs against news agencies.
CNN President Jeff Zucker also criticized the White House in October for "the seriousness of their continuing attacks on the media" after more than a dozen bombs were sent to places like the CNN office in Manhattan.
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Clooney's recent clients have done so I ruled out Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were sentenced in Myanmar for seven years for covering the Rohingya government's murder of the minority.
Trump was also criticized for killing Khashoggi because he had condemned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, many of whom, including US Senators and the CIA, described the assassination as instrumentalized.
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Senators of both parties announced Wednesday with a "high level of confidence" that Crown had this crown Prince Mohammed was "guilty" in killing.
Trump doubled his defense against the Saudi crown prince and said the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia was "of prime importance" in his decisions.