Official speeches and statements - October 15, 2018
1. Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi - Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson - excerpt (Paris,2018-10-12)
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul on 2 October is giving rise to serious questions about his fate. France asks that the facts be clearly established and that all those who can contribute to determining the truth cooperate fully. It is this message that we have conveyed to the Saudi authorities. The accusations against them call for transparency on their part and a full, detailed response.
Defending the freedom of the press and freedom of expression as well as the protection of journalists are priorities for France, as nearly 800 journalists have been killed worldwide while exercising their profession or because of that profession over the past 10 years according to RSF, with 90% of the crimes committed against journalists receiving no judicial follow-up./.