The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has riveted the world’s attention on the Fourth Estate, rallying the public, titans of industry, and media sector veterans alike. ”Fake news,” election hacking via new media channels, censorship regimes, and the power of authoritarian leaders all depend on who wields the power of the press and effective control of the message. These issues have galvanized a resurgence in public support for a free press and for the bolstering of democratic institutions.
At December’s policy salon, we’ll focus on how the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi's death have spotlighted the increased physical dangers to journalists as well as the free speech debate currently volleying across partisan front lines, among pro- and anti-government forces in authoritarian countries, and in places previously considered "safe" spaces.
Below is recommended reading to guide our discussion:
How Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Shook the World
Saudi Arabia didn’t calculate that one man’s death could have such geopolitical impact.
How One Journalist’s Death Provoked a Backlash That Thousands Dead in Yemen Did Not
People often experience a greater emotional reaction to one death than to many, even if the circumstances are identical. Perversely, the more victims, the less sympathy we feel.
Journalistic Objectivity Evolved the Way It Did for a Reason
Objectivity is the natural mode of today’s press, but for most of American history newspapers were proudly partisan—and the way journalists determine objectivity is still evolving.
Consulting Firms Keep Lucrative Saudi Alliance, Shaping Crown Prince’s Vision
While Mr. Khashoggi’s death prompted investors to distance themselves from the Saudi government, prestigious global consulting firms have stayed close.
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