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What is Behind Khashoggi’s Disappearance?


Dr. Ali Al-Jabiri

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:04 GMT

I did not wish to talk about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the authorities announce their position on the case. By common accord, it is a criminal investigation about the vanishing of the citizen of one nation in another nation, more than it is a political case.

Khashoggi never officially opposed his country’s government. He was a close consultant to princes and held important titles in the media. The recent stances that appeared in his writings were only an attempt to express his free opinion about the political changes inside his country. He even disliked being called “an opponent,” according to his closest of friends. 

What has pushed me to write is the massive amount of information about leaks, cover-ups and predictions that has sprung up in connection with his case in Arab and international media. Each item spreads news and reports according to their political stance on Saudi Arabia and nothing else. There is no consideration of the humanitarian side regarding his concerned family in Saudi Arabia, and I do not mean his fiancé, who appeared suddenly to announce her relation with him while reporting his disappearance at the same time.  

The worst part in this case is the improper role some Arab and western media have played, abandoning their role of telling the truth to play that of public prosecutor. They have convicted Saudi Arabia based on unknown sources and declared Khashoggi slain. By saw, some claim, or by an overdose, others say, while yet more media have gone so far as to report an alleged Turkish witness who said that he saw Khashoggi dead with blood covering his white garments, despite him not wearing his Arab garment in the first place when entering the consulate.  

Some media report that the Turkish authorities know in which room Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. The strange thing is that media like Al Jazeera and its sisters have more information than that currently possessed by the Turkish security authorities, which raises more questions in the case.  

The Washington Post’s announcement that the US intelligence services accessed calls between Saudi officials talking about ways to arrest Khashoggi will be a bigger indictment for the relevant intelligence agency if that turns out to be true. How did it know he was in danger and yet did not warn him? What lies behind its silence if it really possessed such information? And I will never forget that the same US intelligence agencies were wrong when they announced they had information on Iraq’s WMD programme, which was the basis for Iraq’s invasion, information that turned out to be false.  

What matters to me in this article is to point out the negative role of the media in racing the specialist authorities to announce the killing and “dismembering” of a man, without any real security resource on which to base their assertion. In addition, there are the leading media agencies such as Reuters who fall into the trap of leaks with obvious political intent.  

Real media would have looked into the credibility of the news before focusing on leading with their headlines or dropping political motives into the reality of events. However, today’s media is for those who choose to fabricate facts and manipulate news with a thousand questions to conquer this nation or that.  

Apart from politicised groups who applaud inciteful media, the majority of people seek the truth, and put this at its own level, without alteration or falsification. It is unfortunate that the media falls into the abyss of cheating and fabricating events without any sources to base their story on, or play the public prosecutor role in a case still in its criminal, and not political, stage. Since the Turkish authorities have yet to reach any conclusions, and while we hope that positive news will repudiate reports of Khashoggi’s murder, some keep hoping that his death is certain only to prove to the world that they are right.  

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