For most of his career, journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked within the constraints of Saudi Arabia‘s strict rules. His goal: to fight for freedom of speech from within. At first, he applauded the apparently reform-minded new crown prince, but soon called Mohammed bin Salman‘s heavy-handedness into question. Self-imposed exile seemed the safest option.
Now, Khashoggi is dead and the world wants answers.
In a new episode of The Take, host Imtiaz Tyab talks to veteran journalist, analyst and author Rami Khoury. Together, they look at the realities of news reporting in the Middle East and whether Khashoggi poses a bigger threat to Saudi Arabia in death than he did in life. Also part of the episode, senior producer Jasmin Bauomy checks in with the Director of News at Al Jazeera English, Salah Negm, to explore Al Jazeera coverage of the killing of a respected Arab journalist.
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Jasmin Bauomy and Morgan Waters produced this episode. They had production help from Jordan Marie Bailey, Kyana Moghadam and host Imtiaz Tyab. The sound designer is Ian Coss. Graelyn Brashear is the show’s lead producer.
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