Khashoggi’s fiancée calls on Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi Arabia performance
The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Monday called on singer Just Bieber to cancel an upcoming performance in the kingdom’s second-largest city of Jeddah.
In a letter addressed to the Canadian artist in the Washington Post, Hatice Cengiz urged Bieber against him performing for the slain Saudi journalist’s “murderers” on Dec. 5th.
Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident and journalist who had been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 by a team of men linked to the crown prince. The crown prince, Muhammed bin Salman (MBS), has denied any involvement.
"Do not sing for the murderers of my beloved Jamal,’’ Cengiz wrote. "Please speak out and condemn his killer, Mohammed bin Salman. Your voice will be heard by millions.’’
The 27-year-old Grammy-winning singer is scheduled to perform in Riyadh next month as part of the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
"If you refuse to be a pawn of MBS, your message will be loud and clear: I do not perform for dictators. I choose justice and freedom over money," Cengiz added.
Bieber, who has yet to respond to Cengiz’s plea, is set to perform at the event alongside rapper A$AP Rocky, DJs David Guetta and Tiesto, and singer Jason Derulo.
Human Rights Watch has called on all of the artists to cancel their appearances, warning them of the Kingdom’s "history of using celebrities and major international events to deflect
The artists should "speak out publicly on rights issues or, when reputation-laundering is the primary purpose, not participate," the advocacy group said.