A well-known Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi has gone missing. The journalist has been living in self-imposed exile when he went missing in 2nd October right after getting into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance has hit the international news hard, as several theories about his disappearance come up.
Khashoggi was a journalist as well as a communist for the Washington Post. For several years, he was working for Kingdom’s Media and other government organizations. He was also quite close to the royal family until he started criticizing Saudi policies. At one time, he went against a government’s crackdown on human right activists. He was also against a military campaign in Yemen and some of these criticisms are what made him be regarded as a rebel against his own people.
Khashoggi however always regarded himself as a patriot though he had to self-impose an exile for himself in the U.S one year after he was censored by the government on social media. The Saudi government also forced Al-Hayat, a popular Arabic newspaper to cancel his column.
On the day of his disappearance, Khashoggi had travelled on 28th September to a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to get a certificate that would allow him to get married to Hatice Cengiz, his Turkish fiancée. He however did not get the certificate as he was expecting. He made arrangements to collect it on 2nd October after attending a conference in London, where he was invited as a guest.
After the conference, Khashoggi was back in Istanbul on 1st October and the following day, he decided to collect the certificate from Saudi Consulate as he had planned. According to his fiancée, he was at the Consulate at 1pm. That was the last she heard and saw of him, even after waiting outside the Consulate up to past midnight. She went back the following day but still, there was no sign of the journalist.
Even when possibilities are high about Saudi government’s involvement, the government has denied any involvement in the disappearance of the journalist. But top Turkish officials have anonymously said that the journalist was assassinated on that day, on orders from the Saudi’s royal court.