World media covers Erdogan’s speech on Khashoggi murder

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal

LONDON (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was in the spotlight of international media Tuesday.

Sky News, BBC News, Euronews, American CNN, France 24, Russian RT and Qatar’s Al Jazeera were among the many news outlets broadcasting Erdogan’s speech live — which shed light on the details of the Khashoggi murder in Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul.

The speech, which was live on almost all local channels in Turkey, was also broadcast live by TRT World, Turkey’s international news channel broadcasting in English.

The international news agencies Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Presse and Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported the speech to their subscribers with minute-by-minute updates from the event.

Speaking at his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's group meeting at parliament, Erdogan addressed details over Turkey's investigation into the murder of Khashoggi.

"Murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated", Erdogan said, adding that Turkey has strong evidence that it was planned.

The speech was also followed closely by newspapers across the world as the murder of Khashoggi has caused great international reaction since the Saudi officials admitted last week it after days of denials.

British papers including The Guardian, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Daily News Online have run live blogs to report Turkish president’s statements.

American newspapers including The Washington Post — Khashoggi was a columnist for it — informed their readers about the speech with live updates on social media platforms.

The New York Post, The USA Today and The Wall Street Journal also gave an extensive coverage of the speech. The Newsweek, a political weekly magazine, updated its online version with the update revealed by the Turkish president.