2019 Photo Contest, World Press Photo of the Year Nominee

The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi


Chris McGrath

Getty Images

15 October, 2018

An unidentified man tries to hold back the press as Saudi investigators arrive at the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, amid a growing international backlash to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi had been missing since entering the consulate on 2 October to obtain documents. After weeks of rumor and false information, Riyadh announced that Khashoggi had been killed accidentally during an altercation. Turkish authorities and the CIA claimed he had been murdered by Saudi intelligence operatives, working under high Saudi authority.

About the photographer

Chris McGrath

Chris McGrath started his photography career at a regional newspaper in Queensland, Australia. After completing his newspaper cadetship and a diploma in photography, he joined...

Technical information

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158 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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