Sunday, November 11, 2018 12:07:48 AM
Khashoggi Murdered for Revealing Saudi Funding of Anti-Iran TV Channel

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi , who was killed on Oct. 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, murdered for disclosing Riyadh’s funding of an anti-Iran UK-based TV channel, Guardian correspondent said.

In a report on Oct. 31, the Guardian cited a source close to the Saudi government as saying that the anti-Iran London-based TV channel Iran International received an estimated $250m (£192m) from the Saudi royal court each year.

A source has told the Guardian that Prince Mohammed, who many believe is responsible for the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is the force behind Iran International.

Now the Guardian correspondent, in a Friday tweet, has revealed that his source was Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was assassinated on the same day as the report was published in a premeditated murder in Turkey blamed on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also known as MBS, Press TV reported.

The Guardian later quoted the same source as saying that the Iran International was being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director was a Saudi Arabian businessman with close links to bin Salman.

The source told the Guardian that Saud al-Qahtani, who served as media adviser to MBS and was among several senior officials removed in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, was involved in the funding of Iran International.

“It is money coming from the royal court,” the source – now revealed to be Khashoggi – said, when speaking about the Saudi crown prince.

Earlier this summer, the station came under fire for praising a terrorist attack in Iran’s Ahvaz and broadcasting live coverage of a rally by the anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO, press tv reported.

The head of Center for Strategic Studies in Iran’s President’s Office on Saturday raised questions about slaying the Saudi critic journalist and its possible connection with The Guardian’s disclosure of sponsoring an anti-Iran Persian TV channel in Britain.

With regard to The Guardian’s revelation about sponsoring anti-revolution Iran International TV channel, Ashna asked whether The Guardian’s source for the revelation was Jamal Khashoggi?

‘Has Khashoggi been killed because he ratted out Iran International’s financial resources to the Guardian?’ he wrote, IRNA reported.

Iran envoy to London praises Guardian correspondent

Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad praised the brave act by a Guardian correspondent over revealing that Khashoggi was killed for disclosing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel.

Praising as “brave act” the disclosure of Guardian correspondent, Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Baeidinejad said “the relevant authorities are aware of possible threats to the Guardian correspondent and the embassy is also in contact with them.”

A few hours later, Guardian correspondent deleted all his previous tweets, the one linking Khashoggi death to an interview he did with him about Iran International news channel, and other tweets that gave the impression he was in danger.

He has asked his family and friends not to contact him in the current circumstances, Mehr News reported.


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