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

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

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

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Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

The fiancee of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has renewed her quest to seek answers for the killing, The New York Times reported Friday.

Khashoggi first met Hatice Cengiz at a conference in Istanbul in 2018, and after numerous interactions, the two connected and Khashoggi asked for her hand in marriage.

Everything changed in early October last year when Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for documents that would allow him to marry Cengiz.

Once he entered the consulate, he was subsequently killed. After offering a series of changing narratives to explain what happened, the Saudi government eventually admitted he had died there but blamed the operation on a botched rendition attempt.

In the aftermath, Cengiz met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, gave interviews and even helped with a book about Khashoggi’s life. Continue reading Khashoggi’s fiancee renews quest for justice: NYT

Khashoggi murder latest: Turkey arrests suspected spies for UAE, investigating Khashoggi link

Khashoggi murder latest: Turkey arrests suspected spies for UAE, investigating Khashoggi link

Turkey has arrested two suspects who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and is investigating whether the arrival in Turkey of one of them was related to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.

One of the two men arrived in Turkey in October 2018, days after Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, the official said, adding the other had arrived later to help his colleague with the workload.

“We are investigating whether the primary individual’s arrival in Turkey was related to the Jamal Khashoggi murder,” said the official, adding the person had been monitored for six months before the arrests in Istanbul on Monday.

“It is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs, including political dissidents, living in Turkey.” Continue reading Khashoggi murder latest: Turkey arrests suspected spies for UAE, investigating Khashoggi link

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun due to arrive in Canada Thailand for asylum

Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun due to arrive in Canada Thailand for asylum

An 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family saying she feared for her life, is due to arrive in Canada on Saturday, after being granted asylum in the North American country.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that Canada had accepted a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to take in Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who grabbed international attention earlier this week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies any abuse. Continue reading Saudi teen Rahaf Alqunun due to arrive in Canada Thailand for asylum

Jamal Khashoggi latest: CCTV ‘shows butchered journalist’s body parts being carried in bags’

Jamal Khashoggi latest: CCTV ‘shows butchered journalist’s body parts being carried in bags’

Disturbing footage purportedly showing murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body parts being carried in bags has emerged.

In the CCTV men can be seen carrying black bags and suitcases into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dressed in normal clothes, the males bring in the luggage – allegedly containing the butchered journalist’s remains – one after another.

The residence is a short distance from the consulate where Mr Khashoggi, a leading critic of Saudi policies, was killed in early October.

Continue reading Jamal Khashoggi latest: CCTV ‘shows butchered journalist’s body parts being carried in bags’