Washington: The US media is targeting the Saudi Royal Family, accusing them of killing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist in the leading US-based daily, the Washington Post. However, President Donald Trump has refused to take any action against Saudi Arabia, which is considered a close ally of the United States. Amid widespread criticism over Trump’s decision, controversial information about Khashoggi has surfaced. The US media has published information on Khashoggi which says he had links with the Al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden and the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organisation in the Middle East.
The US media have taken a stand on the Washington Post contributor’s killing saying that the Khashoggi killing represents the death of journalism and the freedom of expression. A few of the people’s representatives have even reprimanded Trump over the issue. Their supporters say that Khashoggi was killed because he opposed the Saudi Royal family, especially Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The repercussions of the killing, which occurred in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, are being felt even in international politics. Turkey had taken a stern stand against Saudi in the matter.
President Trump had announced that Saudi was a close US ally in the Middle East and his administration would not take a risk of displeasing Saudi over the unfortunate killing of Khashoggi. A fraction of the US media criticised Trump’s statement saying that it only goes to show that trade and political relations with Saudi are more important than human rights and freedom of expression. Nevertheless, just as the criticism began amplifying, controversial information on Khashoggi came forth. A few periodicals have claimed that Khashoggi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist organisation active in the Middle East. The Crown Prince Mohammed, who faces a substantial threat from the Muslim Brotherhood is believed to have eliminated Khashoggi.
Moreover, Corey Stewart has claimed that Khashoggi was not a good person while talking to the US news channel CNN. Stewart, a member of the ruling Republican Party, demonstrated an instance of how Khashoggi was connected with the Muslim Brotherhood and Osama bin Laden. He also added that although the Khashoggi killing was an unfortunate development, trampling of human rights in the Middle East was not new. Stewart had thereby appealed to the United States not to displease a close ally like Saudi by giving an extreme reaction about Khashoggi.
The liberals in the US media have heavily criticised Stewart’s statements. Khashoggi supporters have pointed out that Khashoggi had openly accepted that he had joined the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of twenty and had also clarified that subsequently, he had parted ways with them. Even so, the image of Khashoggi as a journalist is changing because of the new controversial information that is being revealed. Whereas, the opposition to the Trump administration’s decision on the Khashoggi matter, is also ebbing slowly.