Khashoggi's editor among guests for Times Square New Year's Eve event cheering press freedom

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post Karen Attiah will be one of several guests in Times Square New Year’s Eve as the ball drop event celebrates press freedom. 

Attiah will be joined by Rebecca Blumenstein, New York Times deputy managing editor, Alisyn Camerota, CNN New Day anchor, Vladimir Duthiers, CBS News correspondent and CBSN anchor, Edward Feisenthal, Time Magazine editor-in-chief, Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC anchor, Matt Murray, Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief, Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and This Week co-anchor, and more. 

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They will all be in attendance and push the button to lower the Times Square ball.

Attiah has been an outspoken advocate for press freedom after Khashoggi, an opinion writer for The Post and an outspoken critic of the Saudi royal court, was killed in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered Khashoggi, a Virginia resident, to be murdered as part of his crackdown on dissent. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate while he was getting papers for his upcoming wedding. 

Saudi Arabia has fired several government officials, but said Mohammed was not involved in the planning of the murder.

Press freedom has dominated the national conversation after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE slammed mainstream media outlets as “fake news” and Time Magazine journalists who were killed or targeted for their work as its Persons of the Year.