Saudi Arabia to Admit to Journalists Death – WWE Still Pushing Crown Jewel

WWE is scheduled to run the Crown Jewel PPV out of the King Saud University Stadium in Saudi Arabia on November 2nd live on the WWE Network – despite intense scrutiny the past week. You can see my earlier piece, detailing the long-list of human rights abuse allegations levelled at Saudi Arabia here.

Last week a journalist critical of the Saudi regime, Jamal Khashoggi, disappeared after having entered the Saudi embassy in Turkey. It is reported that Khashoggi had been lured to the embassy to pick up his divorce papers. He was seen on CCTV entering te compound, but never having left. Until today the Saudi government has claimed to know nothing about his disappearance.

Today, however, Reuters and CNN are reporting that the Saudi government are preparing to issue a report which will state that Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong.

As of now, the only response from WWE concerning this international issue, which has dominated the press over the last week has been to say they are “monitoring” the situation.

Many other reporters, such as Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter are stating that WWE have no intention of pulling their event unless they are ordered to by the State Department or the President.

This story has received negative attention around the world, including an attack by HBO’s John Oliver last night on his award-winning HBO show who criticised WWE’s use of Saudi propaganda during their Greatest Royal Rumble event earlier this year.

 

 

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