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Jamal Khashoggi: Journalist's Disappearance Reveals Broader Crackdown on Other Dissidents

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stands with Deputy Crown Price of Saudi Arabia and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud before a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., March 16, 2017. Photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith, Department of Defense. United States, 2017.

Recently, Saudi Arabia has marketed a new image as a more liberal, modernizing nation. Yet at home...

Image from The Takeaway from WNYC and PRI. 
Image from The Takeaway from WNYC and PRI.

The mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has caused shockwaves throughout the world, forcing many to confront Saudi Arabia's actions in cracking down on dissenters. Khashoggi was a writer for The Washington Post and other publications.

As outlets have reported, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, from which, according to his fiancee, he never emerged. According to Turkish officials, Khashoggi was murdered — and potentially even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. Saudi Arabia continues to vehemently deny these charges.

According to reports, however, the U.S. has intercepts of Saudi officials discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.

Khashoggi was a vehement opponent of the Saudi regime but is not the first or only dissident allegedly targeted by the Saudi Crown Prince.

Sarah Aziza, a freelance journalist writing on human rights, joins The Takeaway to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance.

Aziza recently wrote a story for The Intercept, highlighting the larger crackdown on Saudi dissidents, including women who fought for the right to drive in the country and Khashoggi himself.

Click above to hear this segment.

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