Death of Journalist Causes Political Uproar

The alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi has nations searching for answers.

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Death of Journalist Causes Political Uproar

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Clara Pohlman, Feature Editor

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On October 2 of this year, Jamal Khashoggi, chief journalist for the Al-Arab News Channel, entered the Istanbul Consulate in hopes of attaining a document that would permit him to marry his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz of Turkey. His luck was quickly handed over to fate, however, when Khashoggi’s dismembered body was found near the consulate on the same day around 1:37 p.m.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee, was notified of her future husband’s death the day of what was to be her wedding day, October 3rd. This was also the day in which the death of the journalist was released to the public. The United States and Turkey were both enraged by the report and began immediate investigation in the murder.

While both countries became increasingly upset with the Saudi public who claimed to have no political motives behind the death of Khashoggi, President Trump took to Twitter and gave the American people reassurance. Trump said that he had spoken with the Saudi Prince who vowed to have no ties with the murder. Trump even asserted that answers would be “coming very soon.”

While all of these meetings, tweets, and allegations happened within the first couple of weeks after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the more recent news proposes the long awaited answers. On the 19th of October, Saudi Arabia confirmed that the death of Khashoggi took place while he was engaged in a fight in the consulate. This was the first time that the kingdom admitted to Khashoggi as a murder victim.

Turkey, however, was unimpressed with Saudi Arabia’s response. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, issued a statement this past Tuesday the 23rd where he fully placed the blame on the Arab government. He called on them to release everything they knew about the murder and claimed that they were the ones responsible.

The investigation is ongoing and new information is being processed every day.

Clara Pohlman

Clara joined the Flightline in August of 2017. She is a senior this year, involved in speech, show choir, and theatre. Outside of school she loves working as a princess for children's birthday parties. You can email her at [email protected]