Turkish-Arab journalists: We stand with Khashoggi

Turkish-Arab journalists: We stand with Khashoggi

"The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the well-known Washington Post journalist, by the Saudi Arabian Consulate on October 2 at around 13.30 p.m. local time has been a matter of widespread speculation and debate", said Turan Kislakci, head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association (TAM), in a gathering outside the Istanbul consulate, demanding answers from officials.

Since then, reports as to his whereabouts have been conflicting.

Ankara and Riyadh have given contradictory versions of the circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance, with Turkish officials saying they believed he was still inside the consultate.

Major American daily newspaper the Washington Post has printed a blank column in solidarity with prominent Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul a few days ago.

"His criticism, voiced over the past year, most surely rankles Mohammed bin Salman, who was elevated to crown prince last year and has carried out a wide-ranging campaign to silence dissent while trying to modernise the kingdom".

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée told media outlets that she waited hours for Khashoggi to emerge from the consulate in Istanbul.

Yemeni activist and 2011 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman, hit out at the Saudi authorities and told AFP that she believed Khashoggi "was kidnapped in this gangster's den that is supposed to be a consulate".

Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul insisted Thursday that a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its building before disappearing, directly contradicting Turkish officials who say they believe the writer is still inside.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices and informed the United States before a meeting in Algiers with other producers, Reuters reported this week.


"Yesterday the Saudi ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry and the issue of Khashoggi was discussed", one of the sources said.

Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.

Human rights bodies and journalist rights action groups have raised the possibility of "forced disappearance" as the journalist remains unaccounted for.

Yemeni activist and 2011 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize Tawakkol Karman slammed Saudi authorities at the gathering.

In contrast, a Saudi official quoted by Reuters news agency said the journalist was "not in the consulate nor in Saudi custody".

"As journalists, we are anxious about the fate of Jamal". Here I ask the Turkish government, as any normal person would, "where" is Mr Jamal?

His friends said police officers reviewed video surveillance in the area and didn't Khashoggi leave the embassy. I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh.We have huge investments between both countries. "I see him as not only a colleague in our field but an inspiration, too", Attiah wrote.

Yet the action appears lost on President Donald Trump, who continues to attack the OPEC for letting prices rally while he seeks to choke off supplies from Iran, a political antagonist of the Saudis.

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