CLBR Statement on Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

At CLBR, we are proud of our record promoting press freedom with guests such as Reporters Without Borders to discuss global press freedom.

We also are proud of our record of promoting human rights around the world from China, to Mexico and Saudi Arabia.  This includes a 2016 interview with Human Rights Watch’s Kristine Beckerle on Social Media and Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia and an interview earlier this year with Brandon Silver of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights on the campaign to free jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.

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For the episode on Raif Badawi, we prepared a special backgrounder on human rights in Saudi Arabia.

Because of this, CLBR strongly condemns the apparent abduction, torture and murder of  Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Turkey.

CLBR condemns President Trump’s repeated attacks on the free press and believe that it has given dictators worldwide a license to follow suit.

We also condemn President Trump’s reluctance to speak out forcefully about this crime for fear of disrupting either the United States’ or the Trump family’s commercial relationships with Saudi Arabia.

We demand a full investigation and that those responsible be brought to justice.

We also demand that the United States speak more forcefully in defense of human rights in general and with respect to this murder of a United States permanent resident employed by one of our most prestigious newspapers.