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Saudi Arabia blocks access to Turkey news portals

April 14, 2020 at 7:20 am

Anadolu Agency office in Cairo, Egypt on 23 June 2016 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have blocked access to the websites of Anadolu Agency and TRT Arabic, reported by Anadolu Agency.

The ban is the latest bad decision by Saudi Arabia, which continues to violate human rights and freedom of expression.

Social media activists said its latest move is a violation of freedom of the press and expression which has increased even more during the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

International press associations have condemned the decision and said violations against journalists and press organizations should not be used as a tool for political pressure.

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Khashoggi murder

While the crimes committed by Saudi Arabia against the press and journalists are quite serious, the most brutal of these was the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018.

Riyadh offered various conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before acknowledging he was murdered in the diplomatic building.

Khashoggi’s body was never recovered.

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