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The near-total silence from on-the-record investigators, government officials, and reliable sources on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi led much of the mainstream media to rely on the government-allied Turkish media and anonymous Turkish sources for this week’s news.
Turkish anonymous sources have delivered blood, gore, and very little evidence to back up their claims – typical for a government that often uses false charges of terrorism to imprison journalists or dismiss government employees. Yet the American journalists relying on the steady trickle of gossip from Ankara have done little to highlight the poor reputation of the Turkish legal system and Turkey’s status as the world’s most prolific jailer of journalists. This latter point is of particular concern in a case involving the disappearance of a journalist critical of his home government.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has near complete control over the information reported on the Khashoggi case, as the sources for the known details so far are either (alleged) Turkish government investigators or Erdogan-friendly Turkish newspapers that, after years of Ankara persecuting antagonistic outlets, have overrun the Turkish media landscape.
These are the claims Turkish media or “Turkish sources” have provided the world on Jamal Khashoggi since he disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2:
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“Information” obtained from “sources”: audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured, dismembered, and killed in Saudi consulate. This “evidence” appeared in Yeni Safak, a pro-Erdogan newspaper, this week, and allegedly proves that Saudi interrogators cut Khashoggi’s fingers off before killing him. The recordings, which the newspaper does not offer, allegedly feature the voice of Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi. Asked about the tape, President Donald Trump notably told reporters, “I’m not sure yet that it exists.”
“Turkish officials”: Khashoggi was dismembered after being shot with a tranquilizer in the embassy. CNN published this report with...
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