The name of the American PEN club have sent over 100 artists, writers, and journalists an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. In it they call on the United Nations, an immediate and independent investigation into the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The letter was signed by Celebrities such as Meryl Streep, Arundhati Roy, Teju Cole, Siri Hustvedt, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ian McEwan, Cynthia Nixon, J. K. Rowling, Bob Woodward, and Herta Müller.

According to data from the Istanbul public Prosecutor’s office Khashoggi was strangled four weeks ago in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. After that, his body had been dismembered and then dissolved in an acid, said an adviser to the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. So far, 18 suspects were arrested; it is unclear what role the government of Saudi Arabia plays in the case.

if the previous assumptions, so the Writing of the artist, the murder of a journalist in a diplomatic institution, not less than an “act of state terror, wants, journalists, dissidents and critics in exile around the world to intimidate”. Khashoggis killing is a serious violation of human rights and mark a disturbing escalation of the treatment of Saudi Arabia with unpleasant opinions. The local government had arrested in the past few years, countless writers, journalists, human rights activists and lawyers, said in the letter.

The case of the signatories and signatories as another example of journalists worldwide jailed for their work or killed. “We as authors and journalists fear a deterrent effect at a time, as the work of those who speak and to reveal a truth that is particularly important.”

In its letter, the PEN-author refer on article 19 of the universal Declaration of human rights, which protects freedom of expression and, in 2012, was encouraged by the UN, with a specific action plan for the safety of journalists.


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