Written by Reuters
11 Jan, 2019 | 3:12 pm
Reuters – The 100th-day mark since the murder of Washington Post journalist and Saudi dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, was marked throughout the world and among the halls of power in Washington Thursday (January 10).
In an event hosted by U.S. journalist Lawrence Wright, Khashoggi was celebrated as both an indispensable resource on the Middle East as well as a crusader for truth in the region.
Amnesty International Turkey marked the day with a call for an international investigation for the slain journalist and hung a symbolic street sign with his name on it.
Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Washington Post journalist from Saudi Arabia who had become a critic of the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Khashoggi was close to the royal circles before becoming a critic of Prince Mohammed, writing for the Washington Post and speaking to international media about Saudi politics when he moved to the United States last year.
After offering numerous contradictory explanations regarding the fate of Khashoggi, Riyadh said he had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed. The whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains are still unknown.
In addition to praise Khashoggi, many at the beltway event were quick to blast Washington for its response.
“The brutality of Jamal’s murder, reported to be on the crown prince himself, the extensive Saudi efforts to cover it up, and our government’s apparent willingness to accept these repeated lies has shocked the collective conscience of freedom-loving people around the world,” said, Fred Ryan, the publisher of the Washington Post.
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