Journalists in UK call for action against Saudi Arabia

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

LONDON (AA) – A major journalists’ union in the U.K. on Tuesday said governments across the world have economic levers, diplomatic tools and international instruments to bring the killers of Jamal Khashoggi and people who ordered it to justice.

A National Union of Journalists (NUJ) spokesperson told Anadolu Agency that the union supports the International Federation of Journalists’ call for governments to end their cooperation with the Saudi government until it "tells the truth and arrests the perpetrators".

The NUJ reiterated its call on the British government "to ensure there is a full and independent inquiry into the killing" of journalist Khashoggi, the spokesperson said, adding “there must be no impunity.”

“All governments can act – they have economic levers, diplomatic tools and international instruments to seek to bring the killers and those who ordered it to justice,” the statement from the NUJ said.

The NUJ held vigils outside Saudi embassies in London and Dublin, condemning the murder.

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) also reacted to the murder.

“We ask that the perpetrators of the murders in Malta of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Jamal Kashoggi in Turkey, journalists in Mexico, Afghanistan, Bulgaria and across the world be held to account and brought to justice,” a statement on the FPA website said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive paperwork he needed to get married.

Once inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office.