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Khashoggi's Rumored Death Reason Media Exit Saudi Conference

  • Khashoggi's Rumored Death Reason Media Exit Saudi Conference.

    Khashoggi's Rumored Death Reason Media Exit Saudi Conference. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 October 2018

A plethora of media sponsors have withdrawn from a highly-publicized conference in Saudi Arabia, known as "Davos in the Desert."

Media conglomerates such as Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, and the Financial Times have pulled-out of a high-profile business seminar in Saudi Arabia, named "Davos in the Desert."

Their departure as sponsors comes in retaliation to the revelations made by the Turkish government that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been brutally murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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The event, which takes place October 23, is to be hosted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and will showcase the Saudi crown prince's vision for 2030, to move away from a dependence on oil.

However, along with those high-profile sponsors, major figureheads such as New York Times' columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin have withdrawn from moderating three sessions, as he tweeted that he was "terribly distressed" by the disappearance and possible murder of Khashoggi. 

Other names distancing themself from the Future Initiative Investment in Riyadh are; Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of the Economist, and Los Angeles Times' owner Patrick Soon-Shing. 

Salman has been the target of many of Khashoggi's criticisms, and despite introducing several reforms, has shown little patience for disapproval of his regime.

Speculation mounts that Salman ordered the killing of the journalist, who had been in self-imposed exile in Washington for the last year.  

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