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    In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

    ITV Editor Slammed for Dressing up as Jamal Khashoggi's Killer for Halloween

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    The senior ITV editor has been accused of an “appalling lack of sensitivity” for his choice of Halloween costume.

    ITV Commissioning Editor Asif Zubairy has apologized for attending a Halloween party in London dressed as Jamal Khashoggi’s executioner, following backlash.

    “I’m a private individual who attended a private party. I realize my Halloween costume may have offended some people, for which I apologize,” Mr. Zubairy told The Daily Mail on Friday.

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    The party, hosted by British comedian Jonathan Ross, was attended by countless celebrities, attracting paparazzi.

    Social media users slammed Mr. Zubairy as insensitive and shocking for his choice of costume, especially as Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was only recently murdered, and the issue is very much an ongoing affair.

     

     

    Some even called for him to sacked from his senior role at ITV and described his judgement the situation as “unbelievable.”

     

     

    Reacting to the incident, Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Christine Jardine said she was “astonished” by the 57-year-old’s lack of sensitivity, describing his decision to wear such a provocative costume as a “lapse in judgement.”

    Prior to his horrific murder, the Saudi journalist was becoming increasingly critical of Riyadh, and the Turkish government has accused senior Saudi government officials of orchestrating the attack.

    Riyadh has denied this, insisting that the Royal Family were unaware of the premeditated murder and are looking to get justice for Khashoggi.

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