Saudi Arabia Moved To Silence Jamal Khashoggi After He Criticized Trump In 2016
Saudi Arabia first attempted to silence slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2016, after he criticized then-President Elect Donald Trump at a think tank in Washington, D.C., according to Raw Story.
According to a United Nations report about the Saudis’ alleged hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone, Khashoggi delivered “critical remarks about Donald Trump’s ascent to the U.S. presidency” in December 2016. However, “the Saudi regime cancelled Mr. Khashoggi’s column in the al-Hayat newspaper” shortly afterward.
The Saudi government then barred Khashoggi from appearing on television or even attending conferences before murdering him at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018.
The initial cancellation of the late journalist’s newspaper column came during a time when the Saudi government was trying to establish a good relationship with the incoming Trump administration, which has not been linked to the Saudis’ efforts.