Rumors of journalist’s murder spur exodus from Saudi biz summit

Uber, New York Times, Bloomberg, Virgin Group and more have pulled out of the Riyadh event. Turkish officials say they have video of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen Oct. 2.

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The disappearance of a Saudi journalist—and reports of his murder—have prompted several companies, news outlets and business leaders to distance themselves from Saudi Arabia.

Many organizations and leaders have pulled out of the kingdom’s Future Investment Initiative, a conference scheduled for Oct. 23–25, following reports that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been murdered.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government advisor-turned-critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen Oct. 2 entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

CNBC reported:

Fears of Khashoggi’s disappearance have also intensified amid reports that he was also killed by Saudi agents in the consulate. A report by the Washington Post on Thursday said that Turkey had notified the U.S. that it holds audio and video evidence of Khashoggi being killed inside the consulate. Saudi Arabia has denied involvement in his disappearance.

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