An International journalist organization, Reporters without Borders filed a criminal complaint against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and other Saudi high officials for their criminal hands in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The forum of International journalists call it “a litany of crimes against humanity” and the cruelty against journalists.
The complaint was filed with the German Public Prosecutor General, details the “arbitrary detention” of 35 journalists and the widespread and systematic nature of the persecution of journalists in Saudi Arabia.
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most harsh and cruel places for journalists. It ranks 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index.
The journalists have been subjected to “multiple counts of crimes against humanity,” including willful killing, torture, sexual violence and enforced disappearance, unlawful deprivation of physical liberty, and persecution.
The filing comes less than a week after the U.S intelligence authority, CIA released a declassified report finding that Muhammad Bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill Jamal Khashoggi. After that he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The CIA report determined that the 15-person mission to capture or kill Khashoggi in Istanbul could not have gone ahead without the Crown Prince’s permission.
Khashoggi is among the 34 Saudi journalists named in the complaint and whose cases reveal “a system that threatens the life and liberty of any journalist in Saudi Arabia in particular those who speak out publicly against the Saudi government”.
According to analysts and RFS’s Director of International Campaigns, Rebecca Vincent says, If this complaint successful, it could be a game-changer in imposing concrete costs for the most horrific crimes against journalists.