Mainstream Outrage Over Khashoggi Overshadows Yemen War & Facebook Censorship Continues
Anya Parampil shares comments from President Trump, who says a “rogue” actor could be responsible for the alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She then reports on announcements from several prominent business and media figures, including Ford, Uber, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, that they have cancelled plans to attend Saudi Arabia’s “Future Investment Initiative” conference in light of the journalist’s disappearance. She asks why the unconfirmed murder of one journalist has upset the mainstream press far more than Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands, and the displacement of millions. Anya asks former UK MP George Galloway what it tells us about the press that its reported more on Khashoggi’s disappearance than, for example, Yemenis suffering from cholera and famine thanks to Saudi’s policies. Anya then gives an update on last week’s removal of popular alternative media platforms from Facebook, finding that RT America correspondent Rachel Blevins has yet to hear an update on her case. Afshin Rattansi, host of RT’s “Going Underground,” joins us from London to discuss Facebook’s censorship of alternative media and how the mainstream press have ignored the story. Afshin also gives an update on reports of the alleged partial restoration of internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange—saying he has yet to confirm this news.