sref star Justin Beiber Facing increasing calls to Canceled his concert in Saudi Arabia Next month as the fiancée of the murdered Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi Join a chorus of voices on Sunday urging him not to perform in the kingdom Formula One Element.
in a open letter Posted by Washington PostHatice Cengiz urged the Canadian star to cancel his show on December 5 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. To send a powerful message to the world Your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics.”
Bieber’s concert is the most titled performance scheduled to race in Jeddah, although other Formula One concert artists include the rapper. A$AP Rocky, DJs David Guetta, Tiesto, and singer Jason Derulo.
This isn’t the first time a pop star has faced pressure to quit a concert in Saudi Arabia. Mariah Carey It was the biggest name to hit the stage in Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents in Turkey in October 2018. She ignored calls to boycott the show.
However, public pressure has led to it Nicki Minaj in 2019 to cancel her appearance on stage at a party in Jeddah, telling the Associated Press at the time that she wanted to show her support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.
The shocking murder of Khashoggi in 2018 It was carried out by members of a team of 15 Saudi government agents who were sent to Istanbul, where a clerk and former government spokesperson had an appointment at the Saudi Consulate for the documents needed to marry Cengiz. I waited for him outside the consulate, but he never came out. His body was never found.
Prince Mohammed agreed to the operation
The killing of agents who worked for the Crown Prince sparked international outcry and cast a shadow over the killing Prince Mohammed, whose reputation has not fully recovered. Prince Mohammed confirmed that he had no prior knowledge of the operation that killed Khashoggi. But a US intelligence assessment published under President Joe Biden determined that the crown prince approved the operation.
“Please know that your invitation to participate in a party in Jeddah comes directly from Mohammed bin Salman, as the crown prince is known,” Cengiz wrote in her letter. An open letter to Bieber. “Nothing meaningful happens in Saudi Arabia without his consent, and certainly not an important and glamorous event like this.” Bieber’s concert in Saudi Arabia comes shortly before he opens his world tour in February, which has been postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic.
At the time, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned sovereign wealth fund – led by Prince Mohammed – acquired shares in living nationThe owner company Ticket Master She encourages concerts by Bieber and other big stars. Live Nation shares also fell last year during COVID-19 closures And canceling thousands of offers, the Public Investment Fund bought $500 million worth of shares in the doomed company. Public filings show that the Saudi Wealth Fund is now the second largest institutional owner in living nationWith a stake of about $1.4 billion.
Human Rights Watch He also called on Bieber and other artists to withdraw from the Formula 1 concerts in Saudi Arabia, saying that these events are aimed at “sportswashing” by diverting attention and distracting attention from Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.
A tool for social change
Saudi youth are the main attendees of these parties, enjoying the new social changes in the country that allow music and gender mixing. The kingdom’s General Sports Authority says sport is a tool for social change within the kingdom.
Next month’s F1 race will be the first time Saudi Arabia will host The premier sporting event, although the kingdom has hosted a lesser-known Formula-E race in past years in a bid to raise the country’s image as a tourist destination.
At the time of Khashoggi’s murder, the crown prince was praised for launching social reforms that changed the lives of many inside the country. Khashoggi was writing columns NS Washington Post He criticizes the crown prince’s reckless moves in foreign policy and the simultaneous crackdown on activists and critics, including women’s rights activists, writers, clerics, and economists.
Saudi Arabia held a trial for Some of those involved in his murder, sentencing five to death before being pardoned from execution. Khashoggi’s fiancée told The Associated Press that she will continue to speak out in hopes of giving a voice to those still imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for expressing their views.