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US lawmakers, friends mark 100 days since Khashoggi murder

AFP  |  Washington 

US lawmakers from both parties, friends of murdered and press freedom groups on Thursday marked 100 days since the Saudi dissident's assassination.

Featuring a portrait of against a back drop of American flags, the ceremony began with a moment of silence.

"The murder of is an atrocity and an affront to humanity," said of the House during the event in

Khashoggi, a Post contributor who lived in the US, was killed in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to pick up paperwork needed for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Over three months later, his body's whereabouts remain unknown.

Turkish and US officials accuse of orchestrating the killing -- an allegation Saudi authorities categorically refute.

In Washington, US Donald Trump's response to -- a key trade partner -- provoked outrage among lawmakers across the political spectrum.

"If we decide that commercial interest should override the statements that we make and the actions that we take, then we must admit that we have lost all moral authority to talk about any atrocities anywhere, any time," Pelosi added.

The newspaper's said Khashoggi's death had "touched his Post colleagues deeply."

"Yet this story is not just about the murder of one innocent journalist," he added.

"Jamal's killing is part of an escalating attack against press freedom that is being waged by tyrants around the world."

Meanwhile Margaux Ewen, North for Reporters without Borders, warned that "journalists, bloggers, and are under threat" every day.

"Together, let's make sure the sacrifices of those like who have paid the ultimate price have not been in vain," she said.

had earlier on Thursday appealed for a United Nations-led investigation into Khashoggi's death.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 09:05 IST