Jamal Khashoggi, and the Thankless Life (and Death) of Journalists

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Jamal Khashoggi, and the Thankless Life (and Death) of Journalists

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n October 2, journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, and never walked out. The Washington Post reporter, a longtime critic of the monarchy in Saudi Arabia, was murdered inside the building, and nearly a month after the incident, Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s regime is still denying any culpability. It’s a stark reminder of how numb society has become when it comes to acts of violence against journalists engaged in one of the world’s most dangerous professions.

Yesterday, Time Magazine named Khashoggi, along with other journalists who faced persecution for their work, as their persons of the year in 2018, in an issue titled The Guardians and the War on Truth. The issue pays tribute to the many sacrifices and tribulations that journalists endure in their line of work, an ordeal that does not get its fair share of sympathy from the general public, which benefits from the fruits of their labours every day.

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