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Jamal Khashoggi’s Editor: Trump Doing ‘PR Work’ for Saudis by Calling Their Explanation Credible

Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah had a pretty blunt reaction last night to Saudi Arabia’s explanation of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi.

She elaborated on CNN this afternoon, telling anchor Fredricka Whitfield, “The idea that Jamal––someone who is a 60-year-old man, wore glasses, anybody who knew him in life, was just a very kind, gentle man––that he would have died in a fight against 15 men, no, that was not a fight.”

“It just lacks all credibility,” she said. “It’s insulting. It’s insulting to any sort of thinking person’s intelligence.”

The Post posthumously ran his final column––which had a strong focus on the need for press freedom in Arab nations––this week.

As far as the US response to his killing is concerned, President Donald Trump has said it’s a good first step.

Attiah said everyone should “hold him to that,” but then added, “This first reaction that this is credible is doing part of the PR work for the Saudi royal family and it’s unacceptable and it sends a chilling message to all journalists, all people who dare to criticize regimes that are authoritarian, that they can be persecuted, and the leader of the free world, the United States, will turn a blind eye.”

“There’s time for them to correct this,” she added, “but at this point, they’re doing the PR work for the Saudi regime and it’s unacceptable.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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