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'Where Is Jamal?' Here's What to Know About Missing Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul insisted Thursday that a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post left its building before disappearing, directly contradicting Turkish officials who say they believe the writer is still inside.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Saudi columnist known for his views critical of the Saudi regime, remains a concern for his colleagues who staged a rally outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Friday.

Further, his most recent pieces had been translated into Arabic, something which Ali Shihabi said was particularly contentious in his discussion about why a recent tweet from the Canadian ambassador spurred a major rift with Saudi Arabia. He entered the building of the consulate, he has to come out of there safe and sound.

That the Saudi authorities would potentially risk detaining Khashoggi at a consulate in a country with which ties are already tenuous signals just how important Khashoggi is to Riyadh.

This situation also, crucially, provides an opportunity for Saudi Arabia to portray Turkey as the type of place where people can be kidnapped from outside of a consulate for no obvious reason. "We don't have information to the contrary".

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Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since Prince Mohammed's rise to power, disappeared Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate to get paperwork done to be married to his Turkish fiancée.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday Turkey believed Khashoggi was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, challenging the Saudi account.

Khashoggi is one of the Arab world's most prominent journalists and commentators.

Why might Saudi Arabia want Khashoggi?

"As a journalist and editor, I learn so much from him and his experiences". "There is no law or lawsuit against him". Khashoggi is a man who loves his country.

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Both The Associated Press and The Washington Post were quoting an anonymous Turkish official on Saturday night, who said that they believed Mr Khashoggi may have been killed.

Once a friend to the royal family, Khashoggi became one of its most vocal critics. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Its billionaire backer was detained in the Ritz Carlton roundup overseen by Prince Mohammed in 2017.

Khashoggi regularly called out Saudi policies towards Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen, and a crackdown on dissent and the media in the kingdom.

Since his disappearance, his colleagues - as well as media freedom and human rights groups around the world - have demanded answers.

The Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, seen on October 3, 2018.

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Over the past years, Riyadh has also redefined its anti-terrorism laws to target activism. The Post joined them Friday by directly appealing to the prince, the son of Saudi King Salman.

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