Af­ter Khashoggi’s death

The Korea Times - - OPINION -

Ja­mal Khashoggi never in­tended to be a dis­si­dent. For many years, he wrote for and edited newspapers in Saudi Ara­bia, and he served as an aide in Saudi em­bassies in Wash­ing­ton and Lon­don.

What prompted him to leave the king­dom, and to be­gin writ­ing col­umns for The Post, was the sharp in­crease in do­mes­tic re­pres­sion un­der Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man — the “fear, in­tim­i­da­tion, ar­rests and pub­lic sham­ing of in­tel­lec­tu­als and re­li­gious lead­ers who dare to speak their minds,” as Khashoggi put it in his first Post op-ed, in Septem­ber 2017.

For the next year, the then-58year-old jour­nal­ist jousted with the then-32-year-old Saudi ruler in the pages of The Post and on the In­ter­net.

Khashoggi’s abil­ity to wage this de­bate ended on Oct. 2, 2018. On that day, our colum­nist walked into the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, where he was quickly suf­fo­cated and his body dis­mem­bered by a team of 15 dis­patched from Riyadh. Ac­cord­ing to the CIA, Mo­hammed bin Sal­man al­most cer­tainly or­dered the mur­der; a U.N. in­ves­ti­ga­tion also held him re­spon­si­ble. In one sense, he suc­ceeded: Khashoggi’s tren­chant col­umns no longer ap­pear in The Post, while the crown prince and his clos­est aide, Saud al-Qah­tani, who over­saw the op­er­a­tion, have es­caped jus­tice. (AP)

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