In response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post is launching an Arabic-language editorial section, which will feature columns by writers around the world, including some based in the Middle East and North Africa.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and regular WaPo contributor, was murdered and dismembered inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate in Turkey.
“This page will make it easier for more readers to access free and independent commentary about the cultural and political topics that most impact them,” said the newspaper’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.
Turkish and U.S. investigators believe that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing, despite denials by Saudi authorities, who have charged eleven people with the murder.
Khashoggi’s former editor at the Post, Karen Attiah, tweeted: “100 days after Jamal #Khashoggi’s murder, a bittersweet day to announce this: In honor of Jamal’s dream to have the Arab world read news and commentary, @washingtonpost @PostOpinions has launched an Arabic-language section.”