Chabot, Schiff Joint Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, today released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the murder of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul:
“One year has passed since the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal’s assassination is an extreme example of the rising tide of violence and intimidation against journalists by repressive regimes around the world. Earlier this year, we had the honor of meeting Hatice Cengiz, Jamal’s fiancée, who shared her personal tragedy with Congress as she carried on Jamal’s legacy and testified on the importance of press freedom and human rights.
“As co-chairs of the bipartisan Freedom of the Press Caucus, we join Jamal’s colleagues, press freedom advocates, Members of Congress, friends, and family to honor his life on this solemn anniversary by affirming our commitment to defend journalists across the globe and speak out against any attempts to stifle the free press, and by ensuring that those responsible for his murder are held responsible.”
In May, Chabot and Schiff penned an op-ed for The Washington Post titled, “For World Press Freedom Day, here’s our bipartisan call to protect journalists”. They also welcomed Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz to the nation’s capital. During the bipartisan and bicameral event, they honored the legacy of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and marked Ms. Cengiz’s first trip to the United States.