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Media names pull out of Saudi conference in protest at suspected murder of Washington Post columnist

Media names pull out of Saudi 'Davos' conference in protest at suspected murder of Washington Post columnist – but CNN, Fox and business bigs are still taking part

  • Journalists and media organizations are under pressure to pull out of a Saudi conference later this month nicknamed 'Davos in the desert'
  • The Saudi Investment Conference is being held in the wake of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi Washington Post columnist
  • He is suspected to have been murdered by a team of 15 Saudi agents who killed him and chopped him up at the country's Istanbul embassy
  • CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin pulled out Thursday but Fox Business star Maria Bartiromo and CNN International anchor Becky Anderson are still in
  • The New York Times ended its media partnership and Financial Times said it was reviewing it but Bloomberg and CNN remain media partners
  • Key banking and business figures are still in including Aryeh Burkoff, who has lunched with Hope Hicks, and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

By Reuters

Published: 17:12 EDT, 11 October 2018 | Updated: 22:33 EDT, 11 October 2018

Media companies are pulling out of a Saudi investment conference as outrage grows over the journalist who went missing inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey earlier this month.

Economist Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes will not participate in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said in an email.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a CNBC anchor and New York Times business journalist who co-created hit show Billions, tweeted that he was also not attending the conference, saying he was 'terribly distressed by the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and reports of his murder.'

Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo remains listed as a speaker at the Saudi Investment Conference

Different approaches: CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin said he was 'terribly distressed' by the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and would not go to the Saudi Investment Conference. Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo remains listed as a speaker

Listed speaker: LionTree banking CEO Aryeh Burkoff - who was exclusively photographed by DailyMail.com lunching with Hope Hicks in Manhattan this summer - is scheduled to attend

Listed speaker: LionTree banking CEO Aryeh Burkoff – who was exclusively photographed by DailyMail.com lunching with Hope Hicks in Manhattan this summer – is scheduled to attend

Banking big: Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase CEO, is still due to attend despite the suspected brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi Banking big: Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase CEO, is still due to attend despite the suspected brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Banking big: Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase CEO, is still due to attend despite the suspected brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi

The New York Times Co has also decided to pull out of the event as a media sponsor, spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said. The Financial Times said in a statement that it was reviewing its involvement as a media partner.

The new owner of the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Soon-Shiong, is also out, CNBC reported.

Viacom Inc, whose Chief Executive Officer Bob Bakish is slated to speak at the conference, said it was closely monitoring the situation in Saudi Arabia.

Other media companies slated to appear at the conference include CNN and Bloomberg according to the event's website. Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo remains listed as a speaker.

However a spokesman for Fox News told DailyMail.com Fox Business and Bartiromo are 'evaluating the Saudi conference'.

The disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2 has cast a shadow over the three-day conference known as 'Davos in the desert,' which is scheduled to begin on October 23.

The Post is owned by Amazon.com Inc founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

The event, in its second year, attracts some of the world's business elite including Wall Street's top bosses and executives from multinational media, tech and financial services companies.

SOME OF THE OTHER PARTICIPANTS

Also on the list of speakers at 'Davos in the Desert' are:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Jared Kushner's friend Aryeh Burkoff, the LionTree CEO, who lunched with Hope Hicks this summer

CNN International anchor Becky Anderson

Trump inaugural committee chair Thomas Barrack, head of Colony Capital

BlackRock chairman & CEO Larry Fink

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman

UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox

Manchester United chairman Avram Glazer

Bloomberg TV anchor Francine Lacqua

IMF director Christine Lagarde

Turkish officials have alleged that Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to get documents for his planned marriage. Riyadh has said the claims are baseless.

JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon is scheduled to speak, as is Mastercard Inc CEO Ajay Banga. Representatives for both companies did not respond to requests for comment.

Khashoggi's disappearance has led officials and business leaders to drop out of another one of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's large projects.

On Wednesday, former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said that he had suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia's planned mega business zone NEOM until more is known about what happened.

Moniz was named on Tuesday as one of 18 people advising the $500 billion NEOM project. The Crown Prince said last week that the NEOM business zone would build two to three towns each year starting in 2020 and be completed by 2025.

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