Mena Salon: Death, Disappearance, Jail, and Exile: Dissidence and Journalism

Workshop | October 19 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

International news media has focused on the recent disappearance and alleged execution of a dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi officials. Jamal Khashoggi, also known as Cemal Kasikci, did not have a long track record as a "dissident" journalist, but was known as of late to be in an inevitable exile as he had grown increasingly critical of the current Saudi government. What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? If the allegations are true, what does the incident imply for the state of journalism and voices of opposition in the Middle East? Is it simply a continuation of ongoing suppression of dissidence all over the Middle East, including countries like Egypt and Turkey? How will these incidents continue to shape the relationships of regional and international powers? In the next salon, we will discuss these questions and the stakes of journalism and freedom of speech in the Middle East. 

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