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Jamal Kashoggi Murder

In my Media Writing class at Illinois State University, I learned how to write technical pieces in AP format. During the semester, I followed the global story of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and murder. Here are some of my pieces based on the story's information as it was released.

Radio News Report Script

Jamal Khashoggi Murder

Today, the investigation of Jamal (JUH-mel) Khashoggi’s (KA-SHA-GEES) disappearance is coming to a close as officials gather information on his murder. Khashoggi’s (KA-SHA-GEES) body was most likely chopped up inside the Saudi (SAW-DEE) consulate (CON-suhl-AT) and was removed from the building by truck. The US government has recognized the issue and has sent the US Secretary of State to Turkey to meet with the Turkish Foreign (FOR-ren) Minister to formally acknowledge Khashoggi’s (KA-SHA-GEES) death and recover answers. After asking Turkey for a recording providing evidence, Trump has announced that the truth will come out later this week. Turkish officer, Adam Kaya (Kay-YA) explains:

                                                          START: OFFICER KAYA

                                                          TIME: 14

                                                          OUT:”....THAT GOT OUT OF HAND.”

Because of the growing suspicion, the Saudi (SAW-DEE) government has made a forced statement. Officials state that Khashoggi’s (KA-SHA-GEES) murder was an accident and was caused by an interrogation (IN-tar-i-GAY-shun) that got out of hand.

                                                                                                                                    Rec Date 10/17

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Straight Broadcast Television News Story Script

Jamal Khashoggi's Murder

1SHOT Saudi Arabia


US President Trump is acting suspicious as Turkey and Saudi Arabia prepare for a standoff over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, here’s CNN's Mimi McNulty with the story:


Wide shot from Saudi consulate with candles, cards, flowers, and pictures from vigil


Track: It's been a month since

CU shot: Jamal Khashoggi picture

Jamal Khashoggi went missing after he entered

Medium shot: Khashoggi entering consulate in Istanbul for the last time the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a

CU shot: Jamal Khashoggi and Hatice Cengiz

marriage license and never came out.

Wide shot: Khashoggi waving to a crowd

It is still a question of what actually happened that day.

Wide shot: Hit team walking through airport

18 men were flown into and out of Istanbul by Saudi

CU shot: Hit man's face while walking

Arabia including a

Medium shot: Head shots of detained men

forensic specialist, a chemist, a toxicologist, and seven Khashoggi look-alikes.

Wide shot: Prince Mohammed speaking to crowd

Saudi Officials denied all allegations of Khashoggi's death

Medium shot: Outside Saudi consulate in Istanbul front angle

and claim he left the consulate alive.

CU shot: Saudi Officials speaking outside the Saudi consulate surrounded by caution tape

Saudi Arabia then closed the Saudi consulate until a

Medium Shot: Cleaning crew entering consulate

specialized cleaning crew arrived nine days after the disappearance thoroughly cleaned the inside

Interview shot: Turkish official Omar Ba at his desk


Sound bite: "There is a reason why Saudi officials sent in a cleaning crew. They were trying to cover up whatever evidence we would find. It is almost too obvious there was a murder."

Medium shot: Turkish officials doing an investigation

Track: After Turkish officials were allowed inside the consulate, they

Medium shot: Turkish officials standing together after the consulate had been opened and they investigated

claim to have obtained audio of someone being tortured.

Wide shot: US Secretary of State speaking with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan


The US sent US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to collect evidence of the murder.

Medium shot: Mike Pompeo leaving Istanbul on a plane

When questioned about the evidence, Pompeo denied there was any, leading

Medium shot: Trump and Pompeo talking at press conference

Trump to call the story fake news. He then went on to say that the incident happened in Turkey, so it doesn't matter.

Medium Shot: Trump and King Salman shaking hands

Sources say that Trump is trying to stay on Saudi Arabia's good side because

Medium shot: King Salman signing arms deal

of the 110 billion dollar arms deal

Wide shot: Weapons being packaged in the US

they made in May 2017.

Medium shot: King Salman leaving press conference in a crowd

Saudi Arabia dropped the deal causing

Medium shot: Trump going over arms deal with advisor

Trump to withhold weaponry from Saudi Arabia.

Medium shot: Trump announcing the arms deal is back on at press conference

Since the death of Khashoggi Trump has opened the deal back up to Saudi Arabia claiming

CU shot: Trump talking to King Salman in the Oval Office

that he doesn't like to stop a good investment.


Wide shot: Presidential Complex with protestors

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have conflicting

CU shot: Protestor very upset with a sign yelling

stories about what happened that day.

Medium shot: Saudi officials and Turkish officials fighting at a meeting

Saudi officials are reporting a

Medium shot: Meeting room in consulate being investigated

fistfight or chokehold during a meeting while

Medium Shot: A lab where scientists are testing finding from the investigation

Turkish officials are suggesting a more brutal death like the body being chopped up or being dissolved in acid.

Medium shot: Separate portraits of King Salman and President Erdogan

Both leaders agree that the murder was premeditated and was carried out by a hit squad from Riyadh.


Medium shot: Trump scowling at reporters

When asked his opinion President Trump stated that the Prince may have known about the murder.

Interview shot: The Cabinet Room in the White House


Sound bite: "The US will stick by their ally, Saudi Arabia until the matter has passed."


Medium shot: Mimi standing outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul

Unfortunately, there is no explanation for this international tragedy. All parties will continue to play it safe until the truth is revealed. This is Mimi McNulty for CNN.

1SHOT Saudi Consulate at Sunrise


Turkish officials will be questioning President Trump on his ties to the matter tomorrow morning.

News Story Timeline

Jamal Khashoggi Murder


  • It’s been more than a month since Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, went missing after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage license and never left.

  • 15 men were flown into and out of Istanbul and check into two hotels on October 2nd, the same day of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

  • Several diplomatic vehicles arrive at the consulate with some Saudi agents inside.

  • All of the vehicles leave the consulate for the Saudi consul’s residence.

  • Trump dismisses the idea of withholding weapons from Saudi Arabia because Saudi Arabia wasn’t making payments after their 110-billion-dollar deal made in May 2017 because he claims he won’t stop a good investment.


  • Trump refuses to blame Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi’s death.


  • Saudi Officials finally acknowledge Khashoggi’s death.


  • The United States recognized the tragic event and sent the US Secretary of State to Turkey to formally acknowledge the death and recover answers.

  • The US Secretary of State claimed to not have found any proof Khashoggi was murdered causing Trump to declare the story fake news.

  • Turkey claims that they have audio of someone struggling and being tortured inside the consulate the day Khashoggi went missing.

  • Saudi Arabia would not let anyone come inside the consulate to investigate until their cleaning crew went in first. Saudi’s cleaning crew arrived in Istanbul on 10/11, nine days after Khashoggi’s disappearance. They stayed at the consulate from 10/12 to 10/17.

  • Turkish police have now searched the Saudi consulate, the consul’s residence, Belgrade Forest, and farmland in Yalova.

  • After growing suspicious, Saudi officials made a forced statement explaining that the murder was an accident within a heated interrogation.

  • Saudi officials admit that Khashoggi was murdered for the first time. They say he died in a fistfight.


  • Trump says it’s possible the prince did not know about the killing.


  • Saudi Arabia reveals that Khashoggi died in a fight and whoever is responsible will be punished.

  • A Saudi official says that Khashoggi died in a chokehold, was rolled up in a rug, and given to a local co-operator who would dispose of the body. Once the body left the consulate, a Saudi operative put on Khashoggi’s clothes and left the consulate.

  • The Deputy Intelligence Chief, Ahmad al-Assiri, and the Senior aide to Prince Mohammed, Saud al-Qahtani are both dismissed by the kingdom.


  • Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubier, describes the killing as murder to US media.


  • Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecutor was quoted saying that the murder was premeditated.


  • The Saudi kingdom states they know nothing about a rogue operation.


  • Prince Mohammed told the US he considered Khashoggi to be a dangerous Islamist during a phone call to the White House.


  • Khashoggi’s two sons, Salah and Abdullah, called for their father’s body back in an interview with CNN so they can return it to Saudi Arabia and have a proper funeral. “I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death.” - Abdullah Khashoggi CNN

  • Salah Khashoggi has placed his entire trust in King Salman because the kingdom has started an internal investigation.


  • Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people who were possibly involved in the murder including the cleaning crew, a forensic specialist, Ahmad Abdulaziz Al-Junabi, a chemist, and Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani, a toxicologist.

  • At first, the cleaning crew claimed that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate safely. Later they told authorities that he was killed in an accidental fight. The most recent claim is that Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated.

  • Turkish authorities say that the murder was done by a hit squad sent from Riyadh. Their theories are, strangling to death or he dissolved in acid.

  • Saudi Arabia insists the murder was not an order from the kingdom. They say it was organized by a group of hitmen however, Turkish and Western officials say the group would have never gone without the Prince’s blessing.

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the killing was most likely planned days in advance. He stated that Khashoggi was immediately strangled, and his body was dismembered.

  • Turkey has demanded Khashoggi’s body and the names of everyone who was involved in the murder.

News Story Actuality

Jamal Khashoggi Murder

October 17, 2018

Officer Kaya


“After a thorough investigation, it is likely that Khashoggi was murdered. We have footage of a man being assaulted. He was definitely killed inside the consulate. The government knows that our suspicion is growing and that they won’t get away with this.”

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