One Year After Jamal Khashoggi’s Death, Many Questions Remain
Do you think Congress Should Reopen an Investigation?
Wednesday, October 2nd marks one year since journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi was a known political dissident, and many of his articles were critical of the Saudi government. The exact circumstances of his murder remain suspicious and largely unverified, and one year later, there are still many questions surrounding his death.
Here’s what you need to know about Khashoggi:
- Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was a Saudi born author, journalist and political dissident.
- He was assassinated on October 2nd, 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
- Khashoggi was a legal resident of the United States, and a columnist for the Washington Post at the time of his death.
- Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's death.
- Later, the Saudi government claimed his death was the result of rogue actors.
- By November, the CIA had concluded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered Khashoggi's assassination.
- A United Nation’s Report concluded that he was killed and dismembered by Saudi state actors.
- His remains have never been found.
- Initially, President Trump promised “severe punishment” if it became clear that the Saudi government had assassinated Khashoggi. One month later, he backpedaled on this claim, citing his reluctance to “destroy the economy” by straining Saudi-U.S. relations.
- A trial for 11 men accused of killing Khashoggi began in January, 2019 but has taken place in Saudi Arabia, mostly outside of public view.
- Last week, Saudi Crown Prince admitted that Khashoggi’s death “happened under my watch.”
- Mohammed bin Salman still denies ordering the killing of Khashoggi.
Even after multiple investigations and a Saudi trial, the exact details of the murder are still unknown. Khashoggi’s murder is a brutal blow to global press freedoms and an alarming strain to U.S.-Saudi relations. People deserve to know the truth about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi, and as long as the Saudi government and the White House continue to shroud this event in secrecy, people will continue to harbor suspicions about our government’s willingness to pursue justice and our democratic commitment to a free press.
Do you think Congress should demand an investigation into Khashoggi’s death? If so, let your Representative know.
Or, you can reach out to the 2020 Presidential candidates below using #JusticeforKhashoggi and #RememberKhashoggi