A cry for freedom from a man with no grave

This is one of the saddest works of journalism I have ever read, written by Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and received by his editor at the Washington Post the day after he was reported missing in Istanbul.

It’s a cry for freedom of expression in the Arab world. Khashoggi writes that only one Arab country, Tunisia, is classified as “free” by the news and democracy watchdog agency, Freedom House.

Ordinarily, we might use the phrase “from the grave” to describe this column, except Khashoggi has no grave, his body dismembered and taken from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in pieces after he was murdered.

Khashoggi died for writing about freedom of expression and those who would deny it. And the U.S. President, once again, disgraced his country by providing cover for the Saudi monarchy.

I applaud the Post for releasing this column, without the usual restrictions to limit access to subscribers only, and also for publishing his columns in Arabic as well as English to allow access to readers in the Arab World.

Comment from a Post reader:

“In savagely seeking to silence this journalist’s voice, the Saudi prince has only magnified his message. May his words of wisdom inspire the world and may justice come to those who perpetrated this heinous crime.”