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Sezin Öney, originally from Turkey, is based in Budapest and Istanbul. She her journalism career as a foreign news reporter in 1999 and she turned into political analysis as a columnist since 2007. Her interest in her main academic subject area of populism was sparked almost decade ago; and now she focuses specifically on populist leadership, and populism in Turkey and Hungary. She studied international relations, nationalism, international law, Jewish history, comparative politics and discourse analysis across Europe.
It is now alleged that a squad of 15 men from Saudi Arabia arrived from Riyadh, the Saudi capital, and killed Khashoggi. Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
BBC Newshour released one of the last recordings of Khashoggi, with the following statement:
Three days before he disappeared, Jamal Khashoggi was in London for a conference and came into the Newshour studio for an interview.Before beginning the scheduled recording about the Middle East Peace process, we asked him whether he thought he could return to Saudi Arabia. We wouldn't normally broadcast an off-air conversation, but we've decided to make an exception, in light of the current circumstances.
This is yet another source of controversy: did the BBC have the right to release this recording as it is still not confirmed that he really died? Does this recording place him in further danger if he is abducted? These questions remain and malinger.
We do know that Khashoggi is missing. And just as the news of his alleged murder came to light, female journalist Viktoria Marinova was brutally killed in Bulgaria: What is clear is that these are very dark times for journalists.