The Washington Post pays tribute to Jamal Khashoggi in full-page print ad

Ad arrives on heels of Senate vote placing blame for columnist's death on Saudi Crown Prince

Published On
Dec 17, 2018

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On Friday, the Washington Post paid tribute to slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a full-page print ad. It depicts an image of the columnist, face awash in candlelight while copy below reads, “A life is gone. The principles of free expression endure.”

The ad appeared the day after the U.S. Senate voted to recommend that the U.S. end its aid to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and directly blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi’s death. It was a blatant rebuke of President Trump, who has refrained from condemning the leader even after the CIA concluded he was responsible for the killing.

As reported by Politico, the ad arrived on the heels of Washington Post CEO Fred Ryan’s year-end memo to staff, in which he wrote, “Many people are frustrated and feel betrayed by the Trump administration’s apparent effort to sweep Jamal’s killing under the rug and its failure to stand up for America’s values. They can be assured that The Washington Post will not rest until justice is served on those who ordered Jamal’s killing, those who carried it out, and those who continue to try to cover it up.”

In a statement provided to both Politico and Ad Age, Ryan said the campaign will go on:  “We’re going to continue to use our platforms and encourage others to use theirs until meaningful action is taken.”

The full-page ad is the latest in a campaign the Post debuted following Khashoggi’s disappearance, which has urged readers to “Demand Answers” and “Demand Truth.”