by Jennifer Garcia
What started as investigative journalism at Istanbul’s consulate for Saudi and Arab journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, turned a life-ending visit. Khashoggi was known for his compelling articles on the events in Afghanistan, Algeria, and Kuwait, his criticism of the Saudi Arabian crown and his views on his country’s social progression in, “What the Arab World Needs Most is Free Expression.” The bravery of the journalist was seen as honorable to the profession but unacceptable to the government. When he was fired from his position as editor of Al-Watanfor allegedly pushing the boundaries of the Saudi government and banned from writing for his comments on the relationship of the government and the U.S. president, Jamal fled to Washington to write freely. Courageously coming back to his home country, he disappeared 5 days after entering Istanbul’s consulate.
Soon after his disappearance, the Turkish government treated the situation as a murder investigation. Ruling out the first explanation given by an official at the consulate, the investigators knew Jamal hadn’t left the consulate because it meant he would have left his wife behind. It was also uncovered that the time of his departure to Istanbul and his arrival to the consulate, Saudi Arabian officials had been placed there at the same time. After pressure for a statement, the Saudi government then admitted that the journalist died in their consulate in Istanbul after he was in a physical altercation, contradicting the previous statement.
The Turkish government is continuing their investigation and search for the remains of Khashoggi and has even released a statement to the New York Times that they have uncovered promising audio evidence that suggest Jamal was tortured, dismembered, and killed in the consulate. President Donald Trump has expressed his views on the matter, saying, “They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups, very simple.” Mourned internationally, Jamal Khashoggi is remembered for his courageous work and supporters are fighting for journalistic justice.
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