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The Need for Free Expression: Here Are 5 Highlights of Jamal Khashoggi’s Final Column

October 20, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

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The journalist advocated for liberalizing reforms in the Middle East.


The day after veteran Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was reported missing in Istanbul, Turkey, one of his colleagues at the Post—Global Opinions Editor Karen Attiah—received what turned out to be his final column, which was written in Arabic but translated into English by Khashoggi’s assistant. Attiah, initially, held off on running the piece, hoping that Khashoggi (who lived in Washington, DC’s Virginia suburbs) would be returning to the U.S. and that they could edit it together. But two weeks after Khashoggi’s disappearance—with Turkish government officials alleging that he had been viciously tortured and murdered by Saudi agents inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2—it became painfully obvious that Khashoggi would not be coming back. And the Post went ahead and published his final column the evening of Wednesday, October 17 with the headline, “What the Arab World Needs Most Is Free Expression.”

Attiah explained, “This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for. I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together.”

Here are five of the most important points that Jamal Khashoggi made in his final column for the Washington Post.

1. Democracy Is in Short Supply in the Arab World

Khashoggi’s final column addresses human rights, which is bitterly ironic in light of Turkish government officials’ allegation that he was murdered by Saudi agents on orders from the Saudi royal family. Khashoggi opens the column by discussing Freedom House’s 2018 Freedom in the World Report and …read more

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