'Boycott Amazon' trending in Saudi Arabia over Washington Post coverage of Khashoggi's death

'Boycott Amazon' trending in Saudi Arabia over Washington Post coverage of Khashoggi's death

"Boycott Amazon and Souq.com" were trending in Saudi Arabia on Monday amid Saudi criticism of the Washington Post's coverage of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for the newspaper owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Thousands of social media users are pushing for the boycott of Amazon.com and its regional subsidiary, according to CNN. The boycott call is one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter in Saudi Arabia.


Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Saudi journalist, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October. Saudi Arabia's explanations for his death have shifted several times. The kingdom first denied any role in Khashoggi's disappearance, saying he left the consulate on his own. Saudi officials later said his death was a premeditated murder.

The Post's coverage of Khashoggi's death has highlighted the lack of accountability regarding the alleged perpetrators.

On Friday, the Post published an op-ed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said there were still unanswered questions about Khashoggi's death.

"Where is Khashoggi’s body?" Erdogan wrote. "Who gave the order to kill this kind soul?"

"Unfortunately, the Saudi authorities have refused to answer those questions," he added.

Saudis have used Twitter and local media to denounce what they say is a "media campaign" designed to damage the kingdom's image and undercut Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to modernize the country.

"Let's defend our nation...boycott Amazon to send a message to its owner so he is aware of the scale of the damage," Saudi journalist Bandar Otyf tweeted, according to CNN, saying the Post "consistently publishes articles that are defaming."

Amazon declined to comment.

Updated at 2:35 p.m.