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Wash Post Blocks GOP Blogger Due to Ties to Saudi Arabia

a protester holds the poster showing missing saudi journalist jamal khashoggi
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By    |   Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:58 PM

Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers was told by The Washington Post his work would no longer be published on the newspaper's PostPartisan blog if he did not sever ties with Saudi Arabia, Politico reports.

The demand came following the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and columnist for the Post who has been missing since Oct. 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say Saudis killed Khashoggi, then dismembered him, but Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied his Kingdom had anything to do with the journalist's disappearance.

Rogers, chairman of the BGR Group, has lobbied for several foreign governments. His group's contract with Saudi Arabia was $80,000 monthly for providing "public relations and media management services." But BRG dropped its arrangement with the country Monday following initial reports Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi officials.

Post publisher and chief executive Fred Ryan on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to "push harder for the truth" from Saudi Arabia. 

"Until we have a full account and full accountability, it cannot be business as usual with the Saudi government," Ryan said in a statement.

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Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers will no longer be published on The Washington Post's PostPartisan blog if he did not sever ties with Saudi Arabia, according to Politico.
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