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Report: WashPost Gives Second Opinion Writer Ultimatum Over Saudi Arabia

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By    |   Thursday, 18 October 2018 05:42 PM

The Washington Post told an opinion columnist he couldn’t write for the news outlet while working for a lobbying firm whose clients included Saudi Arabia, which is allegedly responsible for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Politico reported Thursday.

The PostPartisan blog writer, Carter Eskew, is a co-founder of the Glover Park Group, which this week dropped Saudi Arabia as a client, Political noted.

But Eskew didn’t lobby for Saudi Arabia himself — the work was handled by others at the firm — and asserted GPG decided to cut off the Saudis before the Post gave him an ultimatum. 

“Our firm made a decision to resign the Saudi account independent of my contribution to the Post,” Eskew said in an email, Politico reported.

“I let the Post know of that decision, so technically they did not tell me first. But safe to say that the Post, with good reason, feels especially deeply about this and would obviously not want contributors with business relationships with the Saudi government.”

It was the second such demand the Post made to an opinion writer in the wake of Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged slaying, Politico reported. Khashoggi also was a contributing writer for the Post.

On Tuesday, the Post told Ed Rogers, the chairman of the BGR Group, he had to choose between lobbying for the Saudis and writing for the Post, Politico reported.

BGR decided to stop lobbying for Saudi Arabia, but Politico said there was no indication the decision was prompted by the ultimatum.

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The Washington Post told an opinion columnist he couldn't write for the news outlet while working for a lobbying firm whose clients included Saudi Arabia, which is allegedly responsible for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Politico reported Thursday.
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