Hundreds of social media customers in Saudi Arabia backed requires a boycott of Amazon (AMZN
) and its regional subsidiary on Monday. Bezos owns the Washington Submit and continues to be by far the most important shareholder in Amazon.
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Submit, was killed on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul final month. Saudi officers first denied all information of his destiny earlier than admitting later that his killing was premeditated homicide.
The Submit has been demanding details about Khashoggi’s demise and justice for his killers. It described Saudi Arabia’s version
of occasions as a “coverup” final month.
On Friday, the Submit revealed an op-ed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the place he wrote
: “The order to kill Khashoggi got here from the best ranges of the Saudi authorities.”
Saudis have used Twitter and native media retailers to denounce what they described as a “media marketing campaign” aimed toward tarnishing Saudi Arabia’s picture and undermining efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernize the country.
A Saudi journalist, Bandar Otyf, tweeted to his 105,000 followers that the Submit “constantly publishes articles which are defaming.”
“Let’s defend our nation … boycott Amazon to ship a message to its proprietor so he’s conscious of the dimensions of the injury,” Otyf added.
Amazon does not have an enormous presence within the Center East however the firm last year bought Souq.com
, the area’s main e-commerce platform primarily based in Dubai, to increase its attain.
“Boycott Amazon and Souq.com” was one of many prime trending hashtags in Saudi Arabia on Monday. By 4:30 pm in Riyadh (8:30 am ET), it had been talked about in over 8,000 tweets.
“It isn’t acceptable, the [Amazon] proprietor is identical proprietor of the paper that assaults our nation and its leaders,” mentioned one other Twitter person.
Bezos has up to now not spoken out concerning the killing, however the Submit’s writer Fred Ryan has stored up the strain on the Saudi authorities.
Ryan said on Thursday
Khashoggi was “lured right into a demise entice.” He additionally introduced an initiative — the Press Freedom Partnership — to “enhance consciousness of the significance of an impartial press.”
One Twitter person mentioned he was not going to affix the boycott.
“Amazon’s proprietor has a stake in Twitter, so when you had been critical, then boycott Twitter too,” he mentioned. Bezos was an early investor in Twitter (TWTR
), buying a stake