Jamal Khashoggi’s death highlights need for unity on World Press Freedom Day

SENATOR BOB CORKER (R - TENN.:“If the Crown Prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes

 

It’s been seven months since Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and dissident, was brutally murdered inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul. His dismembered body has still not been found. The Saudi Royal Family remains the chief suspect.

Yet for globetrotting capitalists in search of opportunity in Riyadh, it’s back to business as usual.

BlackRock founder, Larry Fink, recently told The New York Times he wants to engage the Saudis rather than shun them for whatever internal troubles led to the killing of a respected member of the press and columnist for The Washington Post. Other companies, including Google, Softbank, and HSBC, are also planning business ventures with the Saudis, The Times reported.

On World Press Freedom Day, as more than 250 journalists around the world languish in jails in places such as Turkey, China, and Egypt and hundreds of others risk their lives daily to bring truth to their readers, it’s important to stand up and call this what it is: naked and unabashed greed at the expense of justice.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Jan. 29, 2011, in Davos, Switzerland.
Virginia Mayo/AP

David Callaway is president of the World Editors Forum and former editor in chief of USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter: @dcallaway

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