The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "very concerned" about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and violence against other journalists.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. chief is following the Khashoggi case "closely," noting that an investigation is taking place in Istanbul, Aljazeera reported.
Dujarric told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York on Monday that Guterres "has been an advocate for journalists."
He says: "Both publicly and privately, the secretary-general has often raised this issue with member states."
General Assembly President Maria Espinosa Garces is also "very concerned" about Khashoggi's disappearance, spokeswoman Monica Grayley said.
Khashoggi, 59, a US resident, has written articles over the past year critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On the eve of his planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate on October 2 and has not been seen since.