Press release

U.S. Senate Condemns Saudi Crown Prince for Khashoggi Murder

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the vote by the United States Senate condemning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Washington

In response to the vote by the United States Senate condemning Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Freedom House is heartened by today’s unanimous vote in the Senate to reaffirm the principles of press freedom around the world and to state what the evidence has clearly shown – that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is directly responsible for the brutal murder of a journalist who had been critical of the Saudi regime,” said Michael J. Abramowitz, President of Freedom House.  “We would strongly urge the House of Representatives to follow suit and condemn Mohamed bin Salman’s appalling violation of human rights and freedom of the press.  This vote underscores that it is past time for the administration to reevaluate our relationship with Saudi Arabia to ensure it serves the interests of the Unites States as well as citizens in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East.”

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.