A consulate official hands over a Turkish ID card to a member of security staff at the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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At least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Wednesday, following the disappearance of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.Fayez bin Damakh, another reporter and poet, has also been reported missing since September 2017 when he was about to launch a TV news channel in neighboring Kuwait.Local press reports suggested he was abducted and taken to Saudi Arabia, though this has never been confirmed.A total of 25 to 30 professional and non-professional journalists are currently believed to be detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the organization also said.
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