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October 28, 2014

Yemen: Houthi rebels pursue offensive against news media

A month after seizing the capital, Sanaa, and despite having signed a peace accord under UN aegis, Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuing to advance on the centre and south of the country, occupying the headquarters of news media on the way and arresting or kidnapping journalists. In one recent instance, five gunmen claiming to be members of the Houthi movement stormed into the premises of Aleshteraki – an online newspaper affiliated to the Socialist Party and located near its headquarters – on... MORE
October 3, 2014

Yemeni TV station still closed after three months

The Al Yemen El Yawm TV station, based in Yemen’s capital city Sanaa, has now been closed for over three months. The Yemeni government closed the station in June accusing it of inciting rebellion against it. Members of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s Presidential Guard stormed the television station which is affiliated to Abdullah Saleh, looting the building and confiscating equipment. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday joined its affiliate Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS... MORE
September 20, 2014

IFJ demands immediate halt to bombardment of Yemen state TV offices

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its deep shock following disturbing reports of an ongoing bombardment by militants from the Houthi group on the offices of Yemen state TV station Al Yemen . IFJ has demanded an immediate halt to the attack and called for those responsible to be held to account. According to IFJ affiliate, Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), the Al Houthi group started its bombardment of the Al Yemen building, located in the Al Jaraf area of Yemen’... MORE
August 20, 2014

Yemeni journalist shot dead in series of attacks on state-run media

There has been a string of attacks on Yemeni journalists working for state-run outlets in the past week. At least one journalist has been killed and another survived an assassination attempt, according to the Ministry of Information and news reports. Abdul Rahman Hamid al-Din , a director and producer for the state-run Sanaa Radio, succumbed to his wounds in a hospital on August 16 after being shot in the head the day before, the Ministry of Information said. News reports said al-Din was shot... MORE
August 19, 2014

Journalist killed in Yemen: IFJ repeats demand for increased media protection

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued a renewed appeal for authorities in Yemen to immediately increase protection for media workers in the country following an escalation in attacks over the last few days, including the murder of a senior journalist. According to IFJ affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS) Abdulrahman Hameed Aldin , who worked for Sana’a Radio, was shot in the head last Friday, 15 August, by an armed group in Yemen’s capital city Sana’a. He... MORE
June 24, 2014

Yemen: Stop blocking news coverage

Yemeni authorities should immediately return the broadcasting equipment of the private TV station Yemen Today and permit it to resume broadcasting. Military forces raided the station, owned by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, on June 11, 2014, following its coverage of protests in the streets of Sanaa, the capital. “Media freedom means covering the news, including presenting diverse views, even if the station owner is former president Saleh,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North... MORE
June 14, 2014

IFJ condemns forced closure of TV station in Yemen

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has demanded that authorities in Yemen respect press freedom and law in the country following reports that a TV station has been forced to close. According to reports, on Wednesday 11 June presidential guard forces stormed the headquarters of the private satellite channel, Yemen Today TV, which is owned by the Yemen Today Establishment and located in the capital city Sana’a, stopping the station’s broadcast and confiscating its equipment. The... MORE
April 27, 2011

Seizures of newspapers, smear campaigns against journalists in Yemen

Security forces surrounded the home of Akhbar Al-Youm reporter Mohammed Al-Louzi for three hours on April 25 because of his coverage of current events in Yemen. Members of the Republican Guard stopped Abdel Aziz Al-Majidi , the editor of the newspaper Al-Shahid , at a checkpoint the same day, preventing him from entering Taiz province. Copies of his newspaper were seized at the same checkpoint the day before. These were not isolated incidents. Several regional newspapers have not been... MORE
April 20, 2011

Repression continues in Yemen

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) continues to be very concerned about the repression to which journalists have been exposed in Yemen since the start of a wave of street protests. In the past few days, journalists have been arrested, media have been attacked and newspapers have been confiscated. Journalist Ali Salah Ahmed was arrested Tuesday evening at Sana'a airport on his return from a visit to Germany, and was forcibly taken away to an unknown location. His... MORE
March 31, 2011

Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout Middle East

Reuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on March 28 after being held for two days but Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has meanwhile learnt that two other journalists were arrested on March 27. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan , who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen . RSF has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State... MORE