European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the commemoration of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Brussels, 02/10/2019 - 08:00, UNIQUE ID: 191002_1
Statements by the Spokesperson

Today, we pay tribute to the memory of Jamal Khashoggi, a respected Saudi journalist who was killed in the premises of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. Jamal Khashoggi continues to be an inspiration to journalists and associates with whom he was in contact for his work, including colleagues in the EU institutions.

One year after his murder many questions still remain unanswered. The European Union reiterates the need to ensure full accountability for all those responsible and insists on a credible and transparent investigation of the circumstances of the killing, as well as due process for the defendants undergoing trial in Riyadh.

As Jamal Khashoggi, journalists are too often the target of attacks in many countries. On this occasion, the European Union reaffirms its unequivocal commitment to the freedom of the press and the protection of journalists across the world.