Further evidence in journalist’s death revealed

23 October 2018

Written by: Alexandra Brooks

US news platform CNN has broadcast surveillance footage of man appearing to wear deceased journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after the journalist was killed.

The man wearing glasses and a fake beard has been identified as part of the team sent to assassinate the journalist. The agent can been seen touring some of Turkey’s landmarks after leaving the consulate.

The Saudi government’s inability to address the uncertainty surrounding the journalists’ death has been met with criticism from governments worldwide.

“There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened on 2 October – beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.” The UK, France and Germany said in a statement on Sunday.

President Trump also made comments to The Washington Post.

“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies… Their stories are all over the place.”

Turkish officials say there is evidence that Saudi Arabia sent a 15-man team of assassin to murder Khashoggi, who has written critically of the South Arabian regime.

“…Saudi Arabia is trying to moderate the extreme viewpoints of both liberal reformers and conservative clerics. And the arrests span that spectrum.” Khashoggi wrote in an article.

“Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.” Khashoggi He wrote in his final article for The Washington Post.

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Saudi Arabia ranks at 169 out of 180 on the World Press Freedom Index.

“[Professional journalists] are watched closely and critical comments are liable to lead to arrest and trial under the country’s terrorism or cyber-crime laws” the RSF website states:

“They may be detained arbitrarily without trial, mistreated in detention, and subjected to barbaric punishments such as flogging. Despite his talk of reform, the young Mohammad bin Salman’s appointment as crown prince in June 2017 has had no positive impact on the freedom to inform.”

Turkish police are searching a forest on border of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for the journalist’s remains.

Image by POMED (Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons