Guardian: Khashoggi killed for revealing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel
The Guardian says Saudi dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed for revealing Saudi financial support for an anti-Iran TV channel based in London.
Iran Press/Iran news: The Guardian newspaper has reported that Saudi dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, might have been killed for leaking sensitive information about Saudi funding of an anti-Iran television channel, known as 'Iran International'. The London-based channel gained notoriety recently when it broadcast live an interview with the leader of a Terrorist group which had just carried out a terrorist attack at a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz, murdering 25 Iranians including women and a 4-year-old child. Iran International's interview with a terrorist was aired just hours after the Ahvaz terror attack was carried out on Saturday 22 September 2018.
In a report on October 2, the Guardian cited a source close to the Saudi government as saying that the anti-Iran London-based TV channel, Iran International received an estimated $250 million (£192 million) from the Saudi royal court each year.
The Guardian correspondent, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, in a Friday tweet, has revealed that his source was Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was assassinated on the same day as the report was published in a premeditated murder in Turkey blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
I can confirm that Jamal Khashoggi was killed because of speaking to me on the phone from Istanbul in the morning on 26 September, revealing that London-based Iran International TV was funded by Mohammad Bin Salman and Saud al-Qahtani. Read this: https://t.co/nlutbjywi3
— Saeed Kamali Dehghan (@SaeedKD) 9 November 2018
The Guardian later quoted the same source as saying that 'Iran International' was being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director, Saud al-Qahtani, was a rich Saudi Arabian businessman with close links to Mohammad Bin Salman.
The source told the Guardian that Saud al-Qahtani, who served as media adviser to Mohammad Bin Salman and was among several senior officials removed in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, was involved in the funding of Iran International.
“It is money coming from the royal court,” the source – now revealed to be Khashoggi – said, when speaking about the Saudi crown prince.
UK's communications regulator, Ofcom is probing a news program aired by Iran International television channel which condoned a terrorist attack in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran. Iran International broadcast live an interview with the leader of the terror group which had just carried out the Ahvaz terror attack.
Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of bin Salman, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, but never came out alive.
The Saudi government denied Khashoggi's killing for more than two weeks, but eventually admitted on 20 October that Khashoggi had been murdered in the consulate during an interrogation by 'rogue operatives that had gone wrong' after diplomatic pressure grew on the Kingdom to give an account of the mysterious fate of its national.
However, Saudi Arabia said that it did not know the whereabouts of the body, which is widely believed to have been dismembered after his torture and killing in the consulate.
Meanwhile on November 9, ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in London has called as 'brave' the act of a Guardian reporter to disclose 'Iran International' network funding by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and former advisor to the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia.
Hamid Baeedinejad tweeted that Kamali Dehqan, the Guardian correspondent, bravely confirmed that Jamal Khashoggi had disclosed to him the information on the establishment of Iran International's Persian network prior to his death.He added that the authorities are aware of possible risks to Kamali and that the embassy is also in contact with them. 210/103