Saudi regime murders journalist, protest

Protest against murder of Saudi journalist

This AFP photo shows a protest at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, against the disappearance and probably murder of a critical Saudi journalist by Saudi authorities at that consulate. In the center of the photo is Yemeni Ms Tawakkol Karman, winner of the Nobel Peace prize.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Today activists and journalists were at the Saudi consulate to get answers. A friend of [probably murdered journalist] Khashoggi called on the international community to increase the pressure on Saudi Arabia. That pressure has so far been limited as far as known.

Jamal Khashoggi writes for The Washington Post, among others. In the past he was editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and a Saudi TV station. … but he turned out to be a critic of the current crown prince. After friends had been arrested, a column in a Saudi newspaper had been taken away from him and he had been warned about his tweets, he left for the United States last year.

5 thoughts on “Saudi regime murders journalist, protest

  1. BRITAIN must stand up to Saudi Arabia after a journalist was allegedly murdered in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said today.

    Turkish investigators believe reporter Jamal Khashoggi was killed last week in a premeditated murder.

    Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished on Tuesday during a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee.

    Mr McDonnell said that if the information coming out is true, it is “absolutely appalling and unacceptable.”

    He added: “We, along with other nations now, should stand up to the Saudi government and make sure they know it is unacceptable, and if this means taking action in some form, we should take those actions.

    “I’ve been on a number of demonstrations when the Saudi regime have sent representatives here because of human rights abuses and if this is another example of that, we’ve got to be much firmer.”

    Saudi’s Istanbul consulate called the murder claims “baseless” and insisted the writer left its premises.

    Mr Khashoggi has criticised the Gulf kingdom’s war in Yemen as well as the arrests of women’s rights activists after a lift on the driving ban for women.


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