Amal Clooney Takes on Case of Azeri Journalist


Amal Alamuddin-Clooney

Amal Alamuddin-Clooney

STRASBOURG, France (Public Radio of Armenia) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is representing award-winning Azerbaijani reporter Khadija Ismayilova at the European Court of Human Rights.

Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the government, was jailed 18 months ago.

“I’ve represented many journalists in the court, by this case really moved me,” Clooney said, speaking to the BBC.

“I found her a very courageous, inspirational woman, working in a country, where she knew very well the consequences of being a reporter,” the lawyer said.

“The fact that the government of Azerbaijan, a Council of Europe member country, put her behind bars, because they didn’t want her to tell the truth, made me very angry, and I thought I could do something to help her,” Clooney said.