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The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi - The death in Consulate

Jamal Khashogi was a journalist in, and was known for his columns in Washington Post critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.  He was killed in Istanbul Consulate.


The controversy 
Before, accepting the death of Jamal Khashogi, there were series of denying statements from Saudi Arabia. The Turkish Authorities released a video where Mr. Khashoggi had entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, however there were no footage of him leaving the building. There were reports that he had been murdered, however, nothing could be concluded at that time until an official statement arrived. 
Before admitting, Saudi Arabia maintained that the journalist, who visited the consulate for a divorce certificate, left safely, but did not offer any evidence for this. Mr. Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancée, who waited for him outside the consulate for hours, vowed he never returned.
Saudi Arabia kept on rejecting the reports of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing. But due to international pressure, and evidence against Saudi Arabia, the country had to admit the killing. 
Impact on Saudi Arabia- The damaging image of Bin Salman
The controversy is particularly damaging for MBS, as Mohammed bin Salman is widely known, who spent millions to project himself as a social and economic reformer who could lead Saudi Arabia into the 21st century. However, killing the journalist would certainly have negative impacts. 

Poor Human Right Record-  It evolved into a major crisis for Prince Mohammed, a Trump administration favourite who has portrayed himself as a modernising Arab reformer, but whose image and even position at home could now be gravely undermined.

Strained relationship – Diplomatic Strom has triggered earlier as US and Turkey had made pressure on Riyadh to reveal the truth. Even U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong backer of the kingdom’s 33-year-old Crown Prince, warned of “severe punishment” if Riyadh was found to be responsible for the disappearance, However, when Saudi admitted, there was not much response from United States. 
The international community, including the U.S., a crucial ally of Saudi Arabia, has a moral responsibility to maintain the pressure on the kingdom to maintain better human rights.

Jamal Khashoggi


Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi is a Saudi Arabian journalist, author, and the former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for Saudi Arabian progressives.

Khashoggi was the most powerful journalist in Saudi Arabia at one point of time and was very close to the ruling family. However the ascendancy of Prince Mohammed bin Salman changed the equations and he ended up being a critic of the establishment. Khashoggi went into exile last year, fearing arrest in the kingdom.He left Saudi Arabia on 18 September 2017, after turning a critic of MBS. During his exile in the US he wrote columns critical of Saudi Arabian establishment.

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