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The disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi should be shown by investigations, not by media misinformation

The media are racing to publish short stories and interesting headlines about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including those who seek to be a journalist and others who dictate to him to publish the news for political purposes related to the settlement of accounts and positions between countries.

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared Tuesday afternoon (October 2) in Istanbul, Turkey, during a visit to his country’s consulate, "according to the Turkish authorities' account, and the news of his assassination issued the headlines of Arab and international newspapers and websites and invaded social networking sites where some media outlets published news ranging from obituary, denunciation, questioning, misinformation and falsification of facts, especially those who have poured out anger over what they described as the "assassination" which has not been clarified so far and was based on news carried by media agencies famous for Turkish security sources "unknown" or "refused to be named," although the official position of Turkey has not brought any charges so far.

On October 6, Reuters published an urgent report, quoting two unnamed Turkish security sources, pointing out that the preliminary estimates of the Turkish police on the case of the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says that he was killed in a process conducted within the consulate of his country in Istanbul, from that moment on, the news spread like wildfire and a lot of scenarios and analyzes but, the truth remains vague until this moment before the results of the investigations are officially announced.

Events escalated and the statements increased, between the announcements of Ankara officially opened an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowed to reveal the truth, and linked the Turkish security Khashoggi's disappearance of the arrival of 15 Saudi officials to the consulate in Istanbul, which has quickly opened its doors to the journalists of the agency "Reuters" to confirm that there is no Khashoggi in the building, in addition to the Saudi declaration of its desire to join the Turkish investigation committee. The accession of Saudi Arabia to the commission of inquiry welcomed by Turkish and European official with the emphasis of all parties, including Saudi Arabia, to reveal the truth of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Conflicting novels
The Turkish and Saudi authorities have presented conflicting accounts of the whereabouts of Khashoggi, whom no one has seen him since his disappearance,
And in quick return to the evening of Tuesday, "October 2," which published the news of the disappearance of Khashoggi, the narratives and stories were conflicting on the subject until the Saudi side expressed its silence by saying, through the Consulate General of the Kingdom in Istanbul, that the consulate was following the media reports about the disappearance of the famous Saudi journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi after leaving the consulate building.

The consulate confirmed that it was carrying out follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance, according to the Saudi official news agency.

The Turkish presidency had previously announced that Khashoggi was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while Saudi Arabia renewed its denial of any involvement in the disappearance of the Saudi journalist and offered all facilities for the success of the mission of the joint investigation committee.

A spokesman for the Turkish Presidency, Ibrahim Kalan, said in a news conference that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other concerned bodies in Turkey closely follow the developments of Khashoggi case, pointing out that the information currently available to the Turkish side indicates that the journalist is still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which entered on Tuesday, October 2.

The many stories and the variety and fantasies surrounding the subject, which were mostly a decisive judgment that Saudi Arabia behind the process, in addition to those who speak of a representative will discover threads sooner or later, the issue was misled and the matter was held in the absence of clear features, newspapers and the media began to race to publish anonymous stories about the assassination of the mastermind, torture, body chopping, audio and video recordings, and other detective stories that dealt with the subject for political purposes and settling the accounts of the forgotten fundamental issue, the disappearance of the journalist whose fate is still unknown. A media presence in Istanbul is more political than revealing the truth.

Recommendations
The International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations considers that the response of the Turkish and Saudi authorities to a joint commission of inquiry is positive and a step towards establishing the truth about the fate of journalist Khashoggi.

The Monitor observes with great concern what is being circulated in the media, which aims to mislead the official investigation and public opinion. The Observatory believes that what is published is political, not to reveal the truth. Moreover, the information that is circulating from fictional stories lacks credibility, Published by international media organizations and famous fell in the solution of misinformation media intentionally or unintentionally.

The International Observatory to the Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations calls on the Arab and international media to be careful and cautious in handling and publishing news on the issue of journalist Khashoggi, especially in respect of "human minds" in some stories that are published with no credibility. Revealing the truth and not in its falsification and misleading, and is required to be the Commission of Inquiry is the main source of information and not the sites of communication and political parties that seek to settle accounts with the Saudi and Turkish parties at the expense of the case of journalist Khashoggi.

The Observatory also calls on the Turkish and Saudi governments to seek to expose the truth to public opinion in order to stop the misinformation practiced by others. The Turkish government demands a serious stance on false information being disseminated by Arab media stations and journalists traveling from within Turkish territory.

The Observatory confirms the follow-up to the case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and supports efforts to uncover the truth and not the truth, and condemns the attempt to politicize the issue to target and blackmail the countries concerned, the most important of which is "Saudi Arabia and Turkey" and calls on neutral human rights organizations to scrutinize information on this issue before building offensive positions which may not In the interest of the human values that we seek to consolidate and achieve.

The Observatory has recently received a number of correspondence with false information implicitly aimed at enticing institutions and human rights organizations to build angry and unprofessional attitudes about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which should be shown by investigations rather than media misinformation. The Observatory refuses to charge any party without providing evidence and the evidence must be put before public opinion.

International Observatory to Monitor and Document Human Rights Violations
Argentina - Buenos Aires
16/10/2018


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