(HorizonPost.com) – Being a journalist means exposing the truth and reporting the findings to the public at large, and sometimes the stories can put the reporter in grave danger. In October 2018, Saudi Arabian journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to visit the Saudi consulate and disappeared. Saudi government agents allegedly murdered him for his journalistic works. In December, Washington, DC honored Khashoggi for his brave efforts to seek the truth by renaming a portion of the street near the Saudi embassy after him.
The 600 block of New Hampshire Avenue will now be Jamal Khashoggi Way.
Next month, the street in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington DC will officially be designated as Jamal Khashoggi Way. The decision by the DC council was unanimous.
— Stephanie Kirchgaessner (@skirchy) December 8, 2021
Many believe the journalist’s tragic assassination included premeditation, but Saudi officials insisted it was the work of a rogue operation at the time. Turkish officials had a different story, stating the assassins were following orders from the Saudi government.
No matter where the plan originated, who ordered the hit, or which person pulled the trigger, Khashoggi’s death highlights the dangers journalists face every day in many countries. Freedom of the press isn’t always free, and some truth-seekers pay for the stories they tell with their lives.
Jamal Khashoggi Way will serve as a reminder in Washington, DC of the sacrifices some journalists make to shed light on happenings around the world.
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