Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry over the death of Saudi writer and dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

FILE – In this file image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry first over the disappearance and later the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. From the time he vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh’s allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom. (CCTV/Hurriyet via AP, File)

From the time Khashoggi vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, newspapers and television stations across the region allied with Riyadh have echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate. Or they weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by top Saudi rivals, Qatar and Turkey.

FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, people hold signs during a protest at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Washington. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry first over the disappearance and later the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. From the time he vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh’s allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File )
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, journalists report near the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry first over the disappearance and later the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. From the time he vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh’s allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

After more than two weeks of international pressure, the kingdom last weekend acknowledged Khashoggi’s death, claiming he was killed by accident in an interrogation gone awry, and promised to punish those responsible.

FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, a Saudi cameraman gets into position as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry first over the disappearance and later the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. From the time he vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh’s allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)
FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo, a Turkish forensic officer arrives at the Saudi consulate, in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout among the Arab media has given it an influential tool as it grapples with the international outcry first over the disappearance and later the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. From the time he vanished into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh’s allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The loyal media immediately switched gears to praise the kingdom’s sense of justice.

Source: The Associated Press

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