Khashoggi as correspondent had travelled to hot spots

Manama: Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who was killed on October 2 in Istanbul, was born in Madinah in western Saudi Arabia in 1958.

According to his biography, his father Mohammad Khashoggi was of Turkish origin and married a Saudi woman.


His elementary and high school education was in Saudi Arabia, but his university studies were at Indiana State University, US, from which he graduated in 1982 with a degree in business administration.

He worked initially as the regional manager of Tihama Bookstores before he began reporting for Saudi media, including Saudi Gazette, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Al Majallah and Al Muslimoon.

From 1991 to 1999, he was a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan, and in the Middle East. There were reports that he had links with intelligence agencies during this period.

Khashoggi was appointed a deputy editor-in-chief of Arab News and served in the post from 1999 to 2003.

He later was appointed editor-in-chief of Al Watan, but was sacked after a short period.

He then went to London and afterwards to the US where he worked as a media assistant to the Saudi ambassador.

In 2007, he returned to Al Watan as its editor-in-chief, but resigned in 2010. In 2015, he was appointed as the head of the yet-to-be launched pan-Arab television station Al Arab, backed by Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal and partnered with US financial news channel Bloomberg Television.

However, the station was taken off the air within hours of its first broadcast after it waded into controversy.

Khashoggi was banned from writing in Saudi Arabia in 2006 after he criticised incoming US President Donald Trump and described his stance on the Middle East as “contradictory”.

Khashoggi relocated to the US in June 2017 and began writing for The Washington Post in September 2017.

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