AJIINDONESIA, Jakarta - The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) Indonesia called for a credible and transparent collaborative investigation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. AJI also urged global powers to monitor the investigation and pressure the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to cooperate in the enquiry.
This troubled incident added to long list of violence against journalists globally. Recent data from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) show that 57 journalists, 10 citizen journalists, and media assistants were killed in 2018. In Saudi Arabia alone, there are around 25 up to 30 professional and non-professional journalists currently in custody. Saudi Arabia is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, indicating how poor the country is in treating their journalists.
Throughout his career, Mr. Khashoggi is widely known as an outspoken critic of the Saudi Kingdom. He lamented that the Arab world is lacking press freedom. Mr. Khashoggi was last seen alive on October 2 when he entered Saudi’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He was never seen to leave the consulate building.
“We urgently call for an independent and thorough investigation to provide answers to what happened to our fellow journalist, Khashoggi. We also demand Saudi Arabia government to explain the disappearance of Khashoggi at its consulate,” said AJI Indonesia President Abdul Manan.
Mr. Manan also urged global powers to watch the development of this case closely and pressure Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the investigation.
“Anyone involved in Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance must be held accountable,” he said.
Mr. Manan said freedom of the press and expression are basic rights for all, and any governments should put those principles as their key priorities. ***
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