Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi never wanted to be referred to as an opponent of the Saudi government. He was a writer who wanted a space to express himself freely, a former Riyadh insider with a lot to say from his self-imposed exile, and a vocal critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The 59-year-old journalist disappeared last Tuesday in Istanbul, after he was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate. Turkish authorities have leaked their assessment that Khashoggi was murdered on the premises. The Saudis have denied involvement in the disappearance and insisted Khashoggi left the consulate. A Turkish investigation is ongoing.
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