Ismayilova confirms Clooney as defense counsel

British lawyer Amal Alamuddin speaks into a microphone.

The announcement by international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney that she will defend RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova before the European Court of Human Rights has raised the profile of the case along with hopes among media freedom advocates that the additional attention will help secure Ismayilova’s release.