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Jamal Khashoggi

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
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Full Name: Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi
Profession: Dissident, Author and Columnist

Saudi Arabia

Biography: Khashoggi was a prominent journalist, columnist for the Washington Post and a critic of the Saudi royal family, particularly of the country's de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman.

On 2 October 2018 he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to get documents related to his upcoming marriage. He did not exit the building. After several cover-ups and denials Saudi Arabia admitted the journalist had been murdered by what they called "rogue agents" but which is widely believed to have been a deliberate murder ordered by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman.

The assassination was widely condemned and resulted in Saudi Arabia facing numerous threats of sanction and cancelled weapons deals from allies. Khashoggi himself was named as a Person of the Year by TIME magazine's "Guardian of the Truth" segment.

Born: October 13, 1958
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Libra

Died: October 2, 2018 (aged 59)
Cause of Death: Assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Historical Events

  • 2018-10-02 Saudi American journalist Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again prompting a diplomatic crisis
  • 2018-10-16 Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denies knowledge of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi according to President Trump
  • 2018-10-23 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects Saudi claim journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed accidentally, says it was premeditated murder
  • 2018-11-16 CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • 2018-12-11 Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018 is "the Guardians" journalists targeted for their work, including Jamal Khashoggi

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