Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep has thanked members of the press for being 'the enemy of the bad people'.
She was speaking at the annual International Press Freedom Awards in New York.
Streep has been an outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump and his approach to press freedom.
Speaking to an audience of journalists on Wednesday, Streep said: "I really came here tonight to thank you, that's all - really - thank you.
"Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
"You are the fourth estate, you're our first line of defence against tyranny and state-sanctioned news.
"Thank you, you intrepid, underpaid, overextended, trolled and un-extolled, young and old, battered and bold, bought and sold, hyper-alert, crack-caffeine fiends.
"You're gorgeous, you're ambitious, contrarian, fiery, dogged and determined bulls**t detectives.
"You're persevering, cool, objective, indefatigable, chronically fatigued, pharmaceutically soothed, chocolate-comforted Twitter clickers."
In a clear reference to Mr Trump's attacks on the press, Ms Streep said: "You are the enemy of the people - yeah, just the bad people".