FRONT PAGE – Press freedom in pieces

Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist self-exiled in Turkey, entered his consulate in Istanbul to renew some documents when a death squad, presumably sent by Riyadh, complete with a forensic specialist and a member of the hereditary prince’s personal guard, tortured and massacred the journalist, cutting his body up into pieces so it could be disposed of and then leaving the consulate with arms and legs stashed in bags and suitcases. This gruesome murder, the brutality of which now awaits confirmation by the ongoing enquiry, took place last October 2nd and not in the 13th century, and forces us consider a few things:

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