Jamal Khashoggi's 'last piece' published by Washington Post
"The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us," Khashoggi's editor wrote. "Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen."
Saudi investigation delegation enter the consulate before Turkish forensic police and investigation delegation arrive at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 15, 2018 in Istanbul.Ozan Kose / AFP - Getty Images
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Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah is convinced her colleague met a untimely end, writing, "The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post."
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Fittingly, the journalist wrote a story about the lack of a free press in all but a few corners of the Arab world.
"There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media," Khashoggi wrote. "But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications."
He singled out the leadership of Saudi Arabia — a frequent target of his — which is now under international pressure to explain how Khashoggi vanished.
"They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen," he wrote.