- Saudis are calling for a boycott of Amazon and its regional subsidiary, Souq.com, in response to The Washington Post’s coverage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
- Thousands of people on Twitter in Saudi Arabia echoed those calls for a boycott in order to jab Jeff Bezos, who owns The Post and is the founder and biggest shareholder in Amazon.
- People were apparently angry about The Post’s ongoing coverage of Khashoggi’s murder, viewing it as an attack on the kingdom.
Saudis are calling for a boycott of Amazon and its regional subsidiary, Souq.com, in response to The Washington Post’s coverage of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
Thousands of people on Twitter in Saudi Arabia echoed those calls for a boycott in order to jab Jeff Bezos, who owns The Post and is the founder and biggest shareholder in Amazon.
Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last month, was a columnist at The Post.
“Boycott Amazon” was the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia for several hours Sunday, according to Bloomberg.
Users appeared to be angry at The Post’s ongoing coverage of Khashoggi’s murder, viewing it as an attack on their kingdom’s policies.
Many were notably upset by a recent op-ed from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who blasted Saudi officials for trying to “cover up” Khashoggi’s killing.
The Post’s editorial board has repeatedly called for transparency in the investigations surrounding Khashoggi’s October death and has published gruesome details about the murder citing information from Turkish officials.
While Saudi Arabia’s description of what happened to the 59-year-old has shifted several times, Turkish authorities said he was strangled shortly after he entered the consulate and his body was dismembered. The Post previously reported that Turkish officials were pursuing a theory that Khashoggi’s remains were dissolved in acid in the consulate or at the nearby consul general’s home.
His remains have not been recovered.
Saudi users shared videos and photos of themselves deleting the Amazon and Souq applications from their phones.
— H A N A D I – هَـنـادي (@hanadi_basha) November 5, 2018
Some also posted about cancelling their Amazon or Souq accounts. Influential users referred to Western media coverage of Khashoggi’s case as a “media war,” Bloomberg reported, while other tweets appeared to be automated or copied and pasted.
Some users mocked the boycott campaign against Amazon, which recently became the second US company to achieve a $US1 trillion market cap.
The Post cited an anonymous Turkish official as saying authorities found biological evidence in the consulate garden that supported the theory.
“Khashoggi’s body was not in need of burying,” the official said, according to The Post.
Earlier theories floated that Khashoggi’s body was wrapped up in some kind of fabric and given to a local Turkish coconspirator.
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