The Life of Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

By Alison Har and Nedeen Khashashina

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Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist, author, and a former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel, was brutally murdered in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018.

Born in Medina on October 13, 1958, to a wealthy family, Khashoggi had a simple, comfortable childhood. In addition to his calm childhood, he had connections to the Saudi royal family for much of his life and assisted the Prince, Turki bin-Faisal in few of his jobs. The former journalist received his elementary and secondary education in Saudi Arabia and, later earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University in the United States in 1982.

Later in his career, Jamal Khashoggi became a top journalist of Saudi Arabia and an advocate for Saudi Arabian reform. Khashoggi was an editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel. He also worked for the Al Watan and transformed the newspaper into a place of for the progressives of Saudi Arabia.

After relocating to the United States in 2017, Khashoggi decided to pursue a career working for The Washington Post in September. Khashoggi’s wife, Hatice Cengiz is a 36-year-old Ph.D. candidate at a University in Istanbul. Prior to meeting Cengiz, the journalist married and divorced three times. With his first wife, Rawia al-Tunisi, he had two sons and two daughters.

Khashoggi went inside a consulate on October 2 to do paperwork that would allow his marriage with Cengiz, but never returned. After his tragic death, Cengiz tweeted, “They took your bodily presence from my world. But your beautiful laugh will remain in my soul forever. My darling #jkhashoggi,” after she knew her husband had died.  

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