In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. Eighteen days after Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, that the 59-year-old writer has died in what it said was a “fistfight” inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. (Metafora Production via AP)

Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

October 19, 2018 - 11:12 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — An influential voice on Saudi affairs has been silenced forever as Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago.

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist who was once close to the Saudi royal family and an adviser to the former intelligence chief. But he became a sharp critic of its young and ambitious crown prince for cracking down on opposition and miring the country in a conflict in Yemen.

His disappearance and death ignited a diplomatic firestorm, shook Saudi Arabia's alliances and brought calls for sanctions against the oil-rich kingdom.

In a final column for the Post, Khashoggi warned that governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."

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