Jamal Khashoggi and The Washington Post’s op-eds

The situation hasn’t been entirely comprehended ever since the famous American daily The Washington Post asked Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi to write for it. Jamal Khashoggi is a prominent Saudi journalist who is biased toward the Muslim Brotherhood’s narrative and vision. This is not defamation; it is an objective description. Unfortunately, he was killed in a condemnable way in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi authorities are investigating the murder and have since detained those accused. The case has taken a legal path and a criminal dimension following direct royal orders.

Let’s leave this legal criminal path aside and focus on the political facet of the interesting role of this man, may he rest in peace.

The decision of the famous daily, which is known for its extreme superiority especially in its opinion pieces, to have Jamal write for it was not driven by professional standards as much as it was “propaganda” directed against Saudi Arabia and its allies

Mashari Althaydi

A curious article

The decision of the famous daily, which is known for its extreme superiority especially in its opinion pieces, to have Jamal write for it was not driven by professional standards as much as it was “propaganda” directed against Saudi Arabia and its allies. This is also a description of the articles’ content, and not a false accusation.

The Washington Post surprised everyone by publishing a report about Jamal’s articles on Saturday in which it said that Jamal was linked to a Qatari institution in the US.

The daily, which has spearheaded the attack on Saudi Arabia, said that when Jamal was writing for it, he exchanged letters with an executive at Qatar Foundation International called Maggie Mitchell Salem, adding that the latter used to review and sometimes write the articles, which Jamal was supposed to write himself, and send to the daily for publishing.

It’s truly a political journalistic bomb. What’s strange is that the daily which requested Jamal, who did not master the English language, to write for it is the one which exposed all this to the public. Why?

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Salem said that she assisted Khashoggi as a friend and nothing more especially that his English abilities were limited!

The Washington Post opinion editors insisted that they were not aware of this; otherwise, they would not have published his pieces. The reason behind this disadvantageous outrage by The Washington Post is the claim that Jamal was at the same time asking for Saudi funding to establish a media center in the US! This is also one of the strange things revealed regarding the last two years of Jamal’s life in the US.

For some, myself included, Jamal’s ties and links to the Brotherhood’s narrative and vision are no surprise as this is what the late journalist enthusiastically did. However, exposing this to the public and revealing names specifically by the daily which, from its publisher to its editor, has entirely been engaged in the fierce war against Saudi Arabia and which has exploited Jamal’s case following his death and his name and pen before his death is what is strange.

Perhaps the daily did this based on the idea that this matter is not in the hands of destiny but in its own hands. What’s ironic is the daily’s editors’ statements that if they had known that Jamal had asked for funding from Saudi Arabia, they would not have asked him to write for the daily. This translates as, funding from Qatar is normal but it’s not if it’s from Saudi Arabia – that is if the entire story is true to begin with.

May the man rest in peace. However, are there any more secrets?

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

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