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The Dream Of Saudi Writer Comes True Two Years After Being Murdered.

The Saudi dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi was pursuing a dream to found an organization in Washington to promote democracy in the Arab world. In the months before he was killed by Saudi agents in 2018.

Mr Khashoggi’s friends and colleagues are scheduled to launch the organization, named Democracy for the Arab World Now, or DAWN on Tuesday, two years after his death.

To carry on Mr Khashoggi’s legacy, DAWN, a Washington-based human rights watchdog plans to focus on violations by the United States’ closest Arab allies which will publish articles by political exiles from across the Middle East.

On 2nd October 2018, the critics had embraced Mr Khasoggi’s case as the grimmest manifestation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s no-holds-barred approach to silencing dissidents within Saudi Arabia and abroad, since his death and dismemberment by Saudi agents inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The de facto ruler of the Saudi kingdom, Prince Mohammed has said that he did not know beforehand about the plot against Mr Khashoggi. However, the C.I.A. after an assessment said it was likely that he had ordered the killing.

Two high-profile documentaries about his killing, “Kingdom of Silence” and “The Dissident,” are about to release on the second anniversary of his death on Friday, and a group of Saudi dissidents announced the formation last week of an exile opposition group, the National Assembly Party.

Some of its members were associates of Mr Khashoggi. Despite the kingdom’s efforts to move on after a Saudi court sentenced eight men to prison terms for the crime this month, Mr Khashoggi’s story continues to resonate.

Turkey prepared a new indictment against six Saudi citizens, on Monday, including two consular workers, in connection with Mr Khashoggi’s killing. The convicted citizens are to be presented to the Turkish trial in absentia of 20 other suspects that started in July.

Mr Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia for fear of arrest in the summer of 2017 and settled near Washington, where he came up with the idea for DAWN. He wrote several columns for The Washington Post that criticized Prince Mohammed’s reform plans and the arrests of academics, rights activists and clerics, turning him into a hated figure in Riyadh.

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