Schiff-Chabot Joint Statement on the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Washington, D.C.– Today, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, released the following statement on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a renowned journalist who has been a critic of the Saudi regime:

“The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is deeply concerning, and the reports that he was murdered are outrageous. If Mr. Khashoggi is indeed dead, and all evidence points to his death inside the Saudi consulate, this will dramatically alter the US-Saudi relationship. As Co-Chairs of the Freedom of the Press Caucus, we are deeply concerned that an independent voice, one who has urged greater openness and reform, has apparently been silenced in the most brutal and abhorrent fashion. The world over, authoritarian regimes attack the freedom of the press and threaten journalists who seek to shine a light on corruption and other issues that those in power hope to keep hidden. It is therefore all the more important that the United States stand firmly for the right to freedom of expression, in the case of Saudi Arabia and around the world.”