Independent Journalism on the attack

As the search continues for what happened to the respected Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, it is important that all of us take a minute to assess the role and importance of independent journalism that is under severe attack.

In the Middle East, as in the US, individuals wishing to express themselves in a professional and independent journalistic way are not guaranteed that right. The culture that has been built over the years rewards journalists who toe the line of the ruling powers and punish those courageous individuals, like Jamal Khashoggi, who dare to speak truth to power.

Palestinian journalist, former Ferris Professor at Princeton U., established @AmmanNet. Contributor to http://t.co/8j1Yo83u2Z