Khashoggi’s Spirit Lingers Over Arab Investigative Journalism Conference

Khashoggi’s Spirit Lingers Over Arab Investigative Journalism Conference

Majdolin Hasan and Amr Hasan |
December 14, 2018

Journalists in Jordan: Hundreds of investigative journalists from the Middle East and North Africa gathered for the annual ARIJ forum earlier this month. Photo: Courtesy ARIJ

More than 450 journalists gathered at the 11th Annual Forum of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism in Jordan earlier this month. The gathering took place just two months after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as new details of his assassination continued to surface.  

Countries in the region — including Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Yemen — are considered the most dangerous places in the world for reporters, according to Reporters Without Borders. Throughout the conference, attendees voiced concern that Arab press is facing enormous and rising obstacles in the region, including imprisonment, prosecution, censorship and assassinations.

Khashoggi’s editors, Fred Hiatt and Karen Attiah from The Washington Post, opened the session with a recorded message honoring the slain journalist.

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