Statement from Press Freedom Defense Fund on Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The United States government must hold the Saudi government accountable for the disappearance — and apparent murder — of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. There is mounting evidence provided by both the U.S. intelligence community and the Turkish government, that Khashoggi was murdered on the orders of the Saudi government. 

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2nd to obtain a marriage document for his wedding. He never re-emerged and it is assumed he was murdered. 

The United States must stand up for a journalist who regularly and bravely took on the Saudi government. 

Khashoggi’s disappearance is not only a personal tragedy for his family, but it is also a violent attack on press freedom by a regime that is unwilling to countenance dissent.  

The Press Freedom Defense Fund seeks to defend journalists and their sources when they are targeted by governments or other powerful forces in the United States and around the world.

James Risen
Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

Kate Myers
Deputy Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund


First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Grants under this program are used to fund challenges to policies or actions that restrict press freedom and obstruct access to essential information in the United States and around the world.

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