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World leaders condemning Khashoggi’s death should look to their own records on press freedom

Politicians are right to express outrage over Khashoggi's death. But in some cases, their sudden eagerness for justice looks disingenuous

By Rebecca Vincent  

Turkey's ruling party Leader and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: PA

The disappearance and now confirmed death of Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul has put press freedom at the centre of the international agenda—and led to the curious spectacle of one of the world’s greatest jailers of journalists being cast as a protector of the rights of reporters to write and speak freely.

As the official Saudi story of what happened to the Washington Post columnist in the Gulf state’s Istanbul consulate changes almost…

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