Missing Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi advocated for Arab nations to permit a free and frank press within their borders in what is likely his last column for the Washington Post.
"Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate," Khashoggi wrote in the piece published Wednesday evening. "These governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications."
Khashoggi, who has not been seen since Oct. 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, hoped for a modern media that provided "a platform for Arab voices."
"We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education," he wrote. "Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face."
Khashoggi's editor at the Post, Karen Attiah, said Wednesday the newspaper had delayed disseminating the article in the hope that the journalist could help edit it.
"Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen," Attiah wrote. "This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for."
Turkey claims Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives in the kingdom's diplomatic facility, which he was visiting to obtain paperwork for his upcoming wedding. The Turkish government reportedly has audio and video recordings that prove Khashoggi was beaten and murdered by the group of 15 agents, allegedly linked to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Top Saudi officials, however, deny having any involvement in the U.S. resident's disappearance.
Trump is expected to be briefed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Turkey and Saudi Arabia this week on a mission to push for answers about Khashoggi.