Sending Office: Honorable Jackie Speier
Sent By:
Mitchel.Hochberg@mail.house.gov

Original Co-sponsors: Hastings, Bustos

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in calling on the President to strongly condemn Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, hold appropriate Saudi officials accountable, and condemn imprisonment of and violence against journalists globally by becoming an original cosponsor of my resolution.

More than six months after Jamal Khashoggi’s death, the President and his Administration have only punished low-ranking Saudi officers for Khashoggi’s murder, not the high-ranking officials who planned and approved the operation. This refusal has become
especially galling in light of this week’s news that U.N. investigator Agnes Callamard’s concluded there is “sufficient credible evidence” that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bears responsibility for the assassination, that, based on definitions in international
law, the Kingdom conducted Khashoggi’s “deliberate, premeditated execution,” and that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince should face, “‘targeted sanctions . . . until and unless evidence is provided and corroborated that he carries no responsibilities for this execution.”

The Administration’s inaction has weakened U.S. credibility when calling out other nations for the maltreatment of journalists and given implicit approval for this behavior to continue. The Committee to Protect Journalists found that in 2018 there were at
least 251 journalists imprisoned and 54 killed globally. Violence against the press threatens societal freedoms and undermines the bedrock of responsive, democratic governance. The United States must lead the charge against such abuses, not permit them.

My resolution recounts the facts of Jamal Khashoggi’s kidnapping and murder, violence against journalists at home and abroad, and calls on the President to take concrete action to hold those guilty accountable and promote press freedom.

Please contact Mitchel Hochberg in my office at
Mitchel.hochberg@mail.house.gov
or x53531 to get a copy of the text or with any questions.

Sincerely,

Jackie Speier

Member of Congress

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