Justice for Jamal

The brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018 brought the dangers journalists face today into sharp focus. The CIA concluded with high confidence--and the U.S. Senate unanimously voted--that Jamal's murder was carried out by Saudi officials in the consulate in Istanbul at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Although the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 17 individuals involved in the murder, and several people are on trial in secretive proceedings in Saudi Arabia, there cannot be justice for Jamal until those who carried out and ordered his murder are held accountable. Impunity is not an option.


Jamal's murder has broad repercussions for journalists not only in Saudi Arabia but also around the world. CPJ will continue to research and report on attacks on journalists in Saudi Arabia, advocate for the release of the 16 journalists imprisoned there, and highlight the deadly impact on journalists of U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, including the at least seven journalists killed in the airstrikes. The pursuit of justice for Jamal is far from over and we will hold the Saudi government accountable for its press freedom violations. 


There is no one path to getting justice for Jamal. Therefore CPJ is urging the United Nations Secretary General to conduct an independent criminal investigation, asking Congress to hold the mastermind accountable through the Global Magnitsky Act; and letting the private sector and tech industry know that there can be no business as usual with Saudi Arabia until there is justice for Jamal. 


CPJ's campaign to honor Jamal prompted people around the world to share why they need journalism on postcards and social media using the hashtag #JusticeForJamal. On February 20, 2019, we took these signs to the steps of the White House during a press conference at which we called on the Trump administration to meet a deadline to deliver a report to Congress detailing its findings on Jamal's murder. The Trump administration failed to do so. 

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