Khashoggi murder: ‘a desire to forever silence the witnesses’ (media watchdog RSF)
25 December 2019 | 10:22 am
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire says the death sentences against five Saudis for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were motivated by a 'desire to forever silence witnesses to or even the perpetrators of this horrible murder.'
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