Meryl Streep headlines International Press Freedom Awards that will honor Amal Clooney for defending journalists
She played legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in Steven Spielberg’s 2017 film The Post.
And Meryl Streep will headline the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards to be held as an online ceremony later this month, People reported Wednesday.
In a statement, the triple Oscar winner, 71, said: ‘In times of unprecedented uncertainty, it’s journalists who are out there, gathering the facts and trying to help us make sense of it all.
‘By asking tough questions, and pursuing the truth at any cost, they are essential workers – serving the public and protecting democracy.’
Star power: Meryl Streep said she is ‘proud’ to headline the CPJ International Press Freedom Awards on November 19 and support ‘the vital work of the Committee to Protect Journalists’
Streep added that she is proud ‘to continue supporting the vital work of the Committee to Protect Journalists.’
During the ceremony, the star of The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia is set to present the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award to George Clooney’s wife Amal, 42.
The Lebanese-born lawyer, who married the Hollywood star in 2014, is being recognized for her work defending journalists who are being persecuted.
She will also be interviewed by Journalist Maria Ressa, who was presented with the same award back in 2018.
Amal defended Ressa when she was targeted in her native Philippines for reporting on government corruption.
Lawyer: George Clooney’s wife Amal will be honored at the online ceremony with the 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award for her work defending journalists from persecution
Honoree: Amal will be interviewed by journalist Maria Ressa, who was presented with the same award back in 2018. Amal defended Ressa when she was targeted in her native Philippines
The awards ceremony on November 19 will also showcase the work of four journalists from Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and Russia who have faced arrest or prosecution.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will emcee the online awards show.
Other celebrities participating to support press freedom will include Rosamund Pike, Samantha Bee and Ronan Farrow.
Emcee: NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will host the show which will showcase the work of journalists from Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and Russia who have faced arrest or prosecution