Turkish-Arab journalists: We stand with Khashoggi

Cheryl Sanders
October 8, 2018

Saudi Arabia will allow Turkey to search its consulate in Istanbul for prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for three days after entering the diplomatic mission earlier this week.

"If, as it claims, Saudi Arabia truly wishes to transition to a more open society, it will have to accept the fundamental rights of freedom of expression and freedom of the press", wrote Ravi R. Prasad, the institute's head of advocacy.

Khashoggi's fiancée refuted Saudi Arabia's claims to Reuters. We believe a positive outcome will emerge.

"We are holding a spot for Jamal Khashoggi in Friday's newspaper", the Post said in a tweet, which included a photo of the exceptional, empty spot at the centre of the page.

According to a report published in the Arab News on Thursday, Saudi Arabia changed its military spending strategy after Trump was elected president in 2016, with 60 per cent of spending with the United States over a decade. "So you can not have 100 percent friends saying good things about you", he said.

On the Kingdom's security and Trump's opinion that it should pay for it, Prince Mohammed said: "We will pay nothing for our security".

While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers. "I won't be able to rest easy until you appear safe and sound".

Settlements, like that reached by billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, had generated an estimated 400 billion riyal (S$147 billion), the attorney-general said at the time.

Commenting on Trump's complaint over oil prices, Prince Mohammed said: "We never in the history of Saudi Arabia decided that this is the right or wrong oil price".

As others have noted, this incident will likely heighten existing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Turkey that have been reawakened in light of the GCC rift, in which Turkey has decidedly sided with Qatar, ramping up trade relations and enhancing military ties with the blockaded state. The oil price depends on trade - consumer and supplier - and they decide the oil price based on trade and supply and demand.

That's the approach the Washington Post took today, as the U.S. newspaper left a blank slate on its Opinion page to draw attention to the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

"Near-term spare capacity is effectively maxed out", Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at consultant Energy Aspects Ltd., said last week. "The higher price that we have in the last month, it's not because of Iran", he said. "So we did our job and more".

"We want to know his whereabouts".

He added in the interview that: "We are pushing that the majority of these companies when they move to the private sector, most of them will be IPO-ed".

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