Media withdraw from Saudi Arabia conference to protest Jamal Khashoggi's possible murder

Source: Washington Examiner | October 12, 2018 | Eddie Scarry

News outlets and journalists are withdrawing support for a high-profile annual conference scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went missing amid reports he may have been lured to the country and killed at the direction of the Saudi government.

CNBC correspondent Andrew Ross Sorkin tweeted Thursday that he would skip the Future Investment Initiative event, and Los Angeles Times publisher Patrick Soon-Shiong said he would do the same, according to CNBC.

“I’m terribly distressed by the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and reports of his murder,” Sorkin said in his tweet. “I will no longer be participating in the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.”

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The New York Times reportedly set as a sponsor the event, scheduled for late October, but has withdrawn its support.

The Financial Times said in a statement it would also no longer participate “while the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains unexplained.”

CNN has also withdrawn its support.

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