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CIoJ urges Foreign Secretary to help in the mystery of missing journalist

Press release
Release date: 8 October 2018

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is asking the British Foreign Secretary to demand that Saudi Arabia accounts for the whereabouts of the Washington Post and Guardian writer and journalist Jamal Kashoggi.

Mr Kashoggi is reported missing after entering the Kingdom’s Consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday.

Police sources in Turkey are being reported as saying he was murdered. He has been a critic of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.

Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported that the Istanbul public prosecutor’s office had opened a probe into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.

His fiancé and the Turkish authorities say he never left the consulate.

Institute President, Janice Shillum, said: ” We are always concerned when journalists go missing and would urge the Saudi authorities to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the journalist is alive and has left their premises.”

The Institute fears Mr Kashoggi’s disappearance is part of a global trend where authoritarian regimes and dictators resort to violence and killing when journalists speak truth to power.

See: Press freedom groups urge Saudi Arabia to account for Jamal Khashoggi’s whereabouts amid claims he was murdered