Qatar Press Cen­tre deeply con­cerned over miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist

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The Qatar Press Cen­tre has said it is deeply con­cerned over the dis­ap­pear­ance of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi af­ter he had en­tered the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul and was al­leged to have been bru­tally killed there.

The cen­tre said in a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day it was “fol­low­ing with great con­cern the de­vel­op­ments re­gard­ing the sus­pi­cious dis­ap­pear­ance of the col­league Khashoggi, since the first day and the con­tro­versy and am­bi­gu­ity that made his case fol­lowed-up with in­ter­est by the world at large.”

It urged the hu­man rights and free­dom of ex­pres­sion or­gan­i­sa­tions to take strong po­si­tions on the is­sue, call­ing for hon­est and in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tions to re­veal the truth and ex­pose those in­volved in this case away from po­lit­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions.

The cen­tre said “it will con­tinue to fol­low up on all de­vel­op­ments re­lated to the dis­ap­pear­ance of Khashoggi un­til the sit­u­a­tion is re­solved.” The Qatar Press Cen­tre de­nounced any at­tempts to con­ceal and waste time to di­lute the case be­fore pre­sent­ing the full facts to the world.

It con­firmed its prin­ci­pled po­si­tions re­ject­ing all forms of tar­get­ing jour­nal­ists and re­strict­ing them, ex­press­ing the hope that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion bod­ies would re­veal the cir­cum­stances and an­nounce the fate of Khashoggi im­me­di­ately and prose­cute the per­pe­tra­tors with trans­parency, es­pe­cially as this event rep­re­sents a mes­sage to every free jour­nal­ist in the world and vi­o­lates the most ba­sic in­ter­na­tional laws, in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights law and the United Na­tions con­ven­tions on the right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

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