Sending Office: Honorable Debbie Dingell
DEADLINE: THURSDAY COB
On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist residing in the United States and a contributor to the Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to fill out documents relating to a pending marriage and has not been seen
since. There is no record of Mr. Khashoggi having left the consulate, and there have been conflicting reports circulating in the media about his safety and whereabouts at this time. Mr. Khashoggi relocated to the United States in July 2017 as a result of concerns
over his safety after criticizing the Saudi government and has remained a prominent commentator on Saudi and Middle East issues.
This letter to the Saudi Ambassador calls on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to cooperate fully with an independent investigation into Mr. Khashoggi’s whereabouts. Mr. Khashoggi is a well-known writer and journalist whose unique voice helped provide
better understanding of the Middle East political landscape, and the United States Constitution recognizes the importance of a free and robust media. It is important that we take seriously the safety and security of those expressing perspectives on all sides.
If you are interested in signing onto the letter, please contact Timothy Huebner in my office at x54071 or by email at
Member of Congress
October xx, 2018
His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Dear Mr. Ambassador:
We are writing to you with concerns about the recent disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and resident of the United States. Mr. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on October
2, 2018, in order to fill out documents relating to a pending marriage. However, he has not been seen since this time, and there is no record of Mr. Khashoggi having left the consulate. Additionally, there have been conflicting reports circulating in U.S.
and international media relating to his safety and whereabouts at this time.
Mr. Khashoggi was a respected writer and journalist who has commented extensively on Middle East and Saudi matters. As a result of his criticism of the Saudi government, he had evinced fears for his safety and had relocated to the United
States in July 2017 due to these concerns. The United States Constitution recognizes the importance of a free and robust media, and Mr. Khashoggi’s perspective and unique voice played a key role in providing context and understanding of the current events
and latest developments in the Middle East political landscape.
The United States believes in a free and open press and takes the safety and security of those expressing perspectives on all sides very seriously, and we are concerned about these allegations and the fate of Mr. Khashoggi. Journalists around
the world must be allowed to conduct their jobs without fear of retaliation. With this in mind, we are requesting the full cooperation of the Saudi government into an independent investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s whereabouts. We appreciate your consideration
of this matter and look forward to a full and fair accounting of the facts of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance.
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