Murder of critic journalist in saudi consulate

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The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very concerned" about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and violence against other journalists.

Washington Post global opinions editor Eli Lopez said in a statement, "It would be unfair and outrageous if he has been detained for his work as a journalist and commentator". His fiancee, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.

He added, "we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do ..."

Jamal Kash-oh-gi has been missing since entering the embassy on Tuesday.

Turkish authorities have said he was killed by members of an elite Saudi "assassination squad", an allegation the Saudi government has dismissed.

Mr Erdogan called Mr Khashoggi a "journalist and a friend". It said Saudi Arabia sent a team of investigators to help look into the case.

In August, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the kingdom's arrest of women's rights activists - yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's newly assertive foreign policy.

Speaking during a visit to Hungary, Erdogan said the Saudis "cannot save themselves by saying he left". "Just met the Saudi ambassador to seek urgent answers over Jamal Khashoggi", U.K. foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter.

He said the consulate was equipped with cameras but they did not record footage, so no images could be retrieved of Khashoggi entering or leaving the consulate, which is ringed by police barriers and has high security fences topped with barbed wire.

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"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of "reform" in Saudi Arabia", said Summer Lopez, PEN America's senior director of free expression programs.

A CAMPAIGNING journalist is feared to have been tortured, murdered and dismembered while visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up some paperwork.

The Saudi writer spent previous year in the U.S in self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, says in an interview with Bloomberg that the Turkish authorities are welcome to search the consulate building in Istanbul. That doesn't negate the fact that Khashoggi disappeared at or about the time he was supposed to be inside the consulate, and those circumstances don't leave a lot of room for other suspects.

"The worrying trend that we see is a crackdown on critical and independent journalism in Saudi and about Saudi", Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of CPJ, told CBS News.

Saudi national Mr Khashoggi, 59, who had been living in the United States for a year, condemned the regime over arrests of activists and the war in Yemen.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations. She tweeted, "Jamal was not killed and I do not believe he was killed". "But neither government has released any video", The Washington Post's Kareem Fahim reported Saturday.

Reuters news agency is given a tour of the six-storey Saudi consulate to prove that the missing journalist is not being detained there.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government.



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