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Call for Amazon, Souq boycott over Washington Post's "media war" against Saudi Arabia

Monday November 5, 2018 11:23 PM, ummid.com News Network

Amazon Boycott

Washington: Angry at the Washington Post's coverage of the Kingdom following Jamal Khashoggi's mysterious killing, Saudis are calling for a boycott of Amazon.com because of its shared ownership by US billionaire Jeff Bezos.

The Saudis also called for a boycott of regional subsidiary Souq.com, acquired by Amazon last year.

According to Bloomberg, "Boycott Amazon" was the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia for several hours on Sunday, as users circulated images showing the deletion of the Amazon smartphone app.

Many citizens have felt that Saudi Arabia is under attack following Khashoggi's killing, a Washington Post columnist and insider turned critic, at the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudis have been particularly upset by an op-ed article by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently published in the Post, and by the newspaper's coverage - along with other international media - of gruesome information about the murder obtained from anonymous Turkish officials.

"It became clear before our eyes that this is an organized media war," said Bandar Otyf, a Saudi journalist with more than 100,000 Twitter followers who was among those calling for the boycott.

"As Twitter users and activists and citizens, we don't have power abroad, but we have simple things like boycotting", he added.

Many Saudis are learning for the first time that Jeff Bezos, the founder and chairman of Amazon, separately owns the Washington Post, Otyf said, adding that "if we affect even a portion of their business, we're satisfied."

While few in Saudi Arabia use Amazon directly, Souq.com is popular. Last year, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund invested in a competing e-commerce firm called Noon, which was founded by the chairman of Emaar Properties, Bloomberg reported.

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