A state-run narrative dominates the public psyche, and while many do not believe it, a large majority of the population falls victim to this false narrative. Sadly, this situation is unlikely to change. ~ Jamal Khashoggi
Apparently, if you’re a journalist, statements like the above related to the suppression of free speech in Arab countries can get you killed. Unfortunately, the statement from his article might have been written about the United States.
Our president gives one major network and many conspiracy theory “news” organizations legitimacy because he likes their narratives. Reporters who seek the truth annoy him, so he tries to expel them and limit their voice.
Below is the last paragraph of Jamal Khashoggi’s final article. “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.” Khashoggi is a martyr for free expression of ideas and his name should continue to circulate through the world of ideas for years to come.
The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices. We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education. Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face. ~ Jamal Khashoggi, former contributor to the Washington Post and martyr for freedom of speech
December 10 update: Khashoggi’s last words revealed on the transcript: “I can’t breath.”
These words are from the recorded transcript of the killing of Khashoggi. Our National Security Adviser, John Bolton, claims he didn’t listen to the recording since he doesn’t speak Arabic. I firmly believe John Bolton is a dumb ass! Another example of our current administration giving us the “best people.”