JAKARTA, Oct.19 (JDN.id) – Indonesian journalists from Freelance Journalist Forum of Indonesia (FJFI) conducted a rally in front of Saudi Arabia embassy in Jakarta on Friday, calling on the kingdom to tell the truth on the murder of its exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its diplomatic premise in Turkey early this month.
Dozens of journalists carried placards in three languages – Indonesian, Arabic and English – urging Saudi authorities to explain Khashoggi’s whereabouts.
Khashoggi went missing since Oct. 2 after visiting his country’s consulate office in Istanbul, Turkey for taking some documents prior to his wedding plan with his Turkish fiancée. He never showed up since and Turkish authorities have started investigation to locate him.
The 60-year-old journalist who had been in exile in the United States for a year due to his critics to the kingdom and calling for reform. He was a political columnist for the Washington Post.
“Why must he be slaughtered?” one of the placards said.
Saudi denied the murder of the journalist, while Turkey media outlets revealed that Khashoggi was killed and mutilated within seven minutes inside the diplomatic premise based on intelligence sources and a recording discovered during the investigation.
The media reported that a group of about 15 Saudis have intentionally arrived prior to the murder and left Turkey in a rush a few hours after the assassination.
The media linked the assassination to Saudi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman or MBS.