Press release

Freedom House Urges Trump Administration to Reevaluate U.S.-Saudi Diplomatic Relationship

Reports from the CIA indicate that the murder of journalist Jamal Kashoggi was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 


In response to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s conclusion that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"Reports that the CIA has concluded that Mohammed bin Salman ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi are extremely troubling.  His action demonstrates a profound contempt for human rights, freedom of the press, and rule of law.  It is clear there must be significant changes to the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship as long as Mohammed bin Salman remains crown prince of Saudi Arabia,” said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. “As an immediate first step, the administration should expand its Global Magnitsky sanctions list to include Mohammed bin Salman and all others who were involved in ordering and carrying out Khashoggi's murder."

Saudi Arabia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2018.