Press release

Saudi Arabia: Khashoggi’s Disappearance an Attack on Journalists Worldwide

Authorities believe journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. 


In response to the disappearance and reported murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Freedom House issued the following statement:

"The apparent murder of Khashoggi by the Saudi government is a major escalation of the government’s attacks on critics who dare to defy Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Sultan,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House. "The Crown Prince is sending a message that Saudis who criticize his policies are not safe, that no international border can protect them. This is a grave attack against journalists and press freedom in every country of the world.”

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 2017.