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Sexism Or Journalism? AP Calls Amal Clooney 'Actor's Wife,' Not Human Rights Lawyer

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:54:49 Z)

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Before Amal Ramzi married actor George Clooney she was known as a human rights lawyer. Although she is often pictured in tabloids traveling with her husband, the 37-year-old Brit's latest noteworthy achievement is the representation of Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian journalist\ for Al-Jazeera.

When her client and two other journalists were convicted in Egypt of "spreading false news" and sentenced to three years in prison, she said the verdict "sends a dangerous message" and there was "no evidence to sustain any of the charges."

The Associated Press tweeted a link to its story about Amal Clooney's reaction -- which must be limited to 140 characters -- referring to her only as "actor's wife" without her most-relevant credential of human rights lawyer: "Amal Clooney, actor's wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists"

The perceived sexist slight stirred up a Twitter frenzy that made Amal Clooney a globally trending term.

AP got the message, changing the headline.

P.S. A few tweets from Lead Storie readers:

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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