Amal and George Clooney ask the press to stop revealing the faces of their children


Concerned about the safety of their children, the Clooney couple decided to call on the responsibility of photographers and press titles. Unsurprisingly, their two children Ella and Alexander, who celebrated their fourth birthday on June 6, are indeed being pursued by the paparazzi. Having one of the most popular actors of this century as a father is unfortunately not without consequences.

Any parent – and any child – can legitimately want their privacy to be respected. But in the case of the Clooney family, the problem is not quite the same as in another household. Renowned lawyer, Amal Clooney has worked for many years for a specific clientele: she notably defended Julian Assange and the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, but her cabinet also ensured the defense of the Libyan politician Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi.

As the Lebanese-British lawyer works very regularly on terrorism-related cases, she is likely to be the subject of pressure or threats. However, by mediating the couple that it forms with the actor of Out of reach and Ocean’s eleven, the press also makes their children more visible than ever, therefore easier to reach … even if Amal Clooney’s potential enemies may have other ways to flush out the people she loves than by reading of the people press.

The Daily Mail in the viewfinder

Still, George Clooney recently cracked an open letter intended “To the Daily Mail and other publications”. The decision to write this text, which was notably relayed by Variety, comes in response to the publication by some media of photos of the daughter of American actress Billie Lourd (and granddaughter of Carrie Fisher), aged just 1 year.

“I am a public figure, writes Clooney, and I generally accept intrusive photographs, which constitute the price to pay for the exercise of my profession. But our children did not make such a commitment.»

The actor then evokes the profession of his wife, whom he met in 2014: “The nature of her work pushes her to confront and prosecute terrorist groups, so we take as many precautions as possible to keep our families safe. We cannot protect our children if every publication puts their faces on the cover. ”

Clooney then recalls that he and his wife have never monetized the slightest photograph of their children, and that their absence from social networks results from the desire not to put the lives of their children in danger. “This is not paranoia: these are real international issues, with real global consequences.”

The open letter concludes with these words: “We hope you will join us on the fact that selling advertising is not as important as preventing innocent children from being targeted.” The future will tell if the Daily Mail and its competitors will be able to be sensitive to the pleas of the actor-director and the lawyer.


Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.

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