On Tuesday, Jamal khashoggi walked into this Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect proof of his divorce, so he could remarry.
He hasn’t been seen since.
We are positive he is still inside and we are waiting with his fiance who is with us here.
We are staging a sit-in here until he is released.
Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour as he became increasingly vocal in his criticism of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
I still see him as a reformer, but he is gathering all power within his hand.
And it would be much better for him to allow a breathing space for critic, for thoroughly intellectuals, thoroughly writers, thoroughly media to debate the most important needed transformation going in the country.
Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia last year as the government began its recent crackdown on dissent, arresting clerics, intellectuals, activists and businessman.
In the absence of any reliable information, Khashoggi’s website now declares he’s been arrested, but Saudi authorities insist he left their consulate.
What this incident shows most of all is the contradiction in the Saudi regime’s claims that it is opening up, that it is liberalizing.
We’ve seen a lot of talk, a lot of statements from Saudi officials, heading in that direction.
But when you look at the actions of the government, government, we see something very different.
The Washington Post says it’s very concerned about the whereabouts of one of its prominent commentators.
In a statement, the newspaper said it would be unfair and outrageous if he’s been detained for his work and we hope that he’s safe and we can hear from him soon.
Talking to Al Jazeera in March, Khashoggi spoke of the changes in Saudi Arabia.
It is an important transformation that requires all of us to contribute to it, to discuss it and no one should be jailed.
Those waiting for him outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul would agree.