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:

– The reformist actions of Mohammed bin Salman don’t seem to be achieving the modernisation and de-tribalisation of a backward and violent society. Even more unacceptable is the unconditional support that is traditionally bestowed on the Riyadh regime by the United States, to which this administration has signed up to in no uncertain terms.

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