By: Shannon Dorrit
Wednesday 10th October 2018
The Reuters news agency reported that he is suspiciously dead as Istanbul
police investigated that a group of 15 Saudis have assassinated the
journalist. Other news agencies including Al-Jazeera and Russia Today also
reported that he has been killed, his body cut into pieces and carried out
of Saudi consulate.
The Saudi officials considered the incident as a rumour and denied any
allegations in association with Khashoggi’s disappearance, while President
Erdogan’s senior counselor stated that his country received evidence and
reliable documents that the murder has been carried out by a group of
*Now, the question is why Saudis have to murder this prominent writer? *
To answer the question, it’s better to refer back to Khashoggi’s
A 59 years old man, a Saudi national, a journalist and analyst of Arab
world news agency, the former editor of the al-Watan newspaper. His
critical writings of Saudi government were consistently published by
Al-Hayat newspaper. In the time of King Abdullah, Khashoggi was close to
the Saudi royal family and advised senior Saudi officials. When the power
handed over to King Salman and his Son, and they started to shut down
dozens of human rights activists and a Sunni scholar for their criticisms
of bin Salman’s measures and reforms, Khashoggi made plan to leave Saudi
Arabia to Washington to freely express his words. He tweeted in September
“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To
do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so
The, his true words and critical remarks to Al-Saud family were published
by Der Spiegel and Washington Post. The dissident journalist once
interviewed Osama bin Laden and likened Mohammad bin Salman to Vladimir
Putin. When he was abroad, his harsh remarks about King Salman and his Son
continued through TV interview, writings and twitter in which he lambasted
human rights situation and the austerity suffered by Saudi citizens. He
unveiled reforms praised by the West while carrying out an apparent
crackdown on dissent, which has seen human and women's rights activists,
intellectuals and clerics arrested, and waging a war in Yemen that has
triggered a humanitarian crisis.
For a while, Khashoggi settled in Istanbul-Turkey and as his wife says he
left home on October 2, 2018 to go to Saudi consulate for some routine
paperwork but not returned home after almost a week.
As his disappearance swept the world media and his murder went viral in
most of world newspapers, the Turkish President in a speech said that
Khashoggi’s fate matters for Turkey and promised to disclose evidence of
what really happened to the journalist.
Jamal Khashoggi’s dissidence with Saudi Arabia was not solely limited to
the above issues. He was also the rigorous defender of Palestinians and
Quds people rights and also he had repeatedly criticized the hidden relation between Saudi officials and Israelis and his murder cannot be irrelevent to spy services.
At the moment the world media keeps eye to Turkish government to unveil the promised evidence and uncurtain the truth of how really Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.
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