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March 1, 2011

Yemeni Journalists Syndicate stormed; Baghdad apologises

Attempts of governments in the Middle East to censor news coverage of protests remains unabated. In Yemen, men stormed the Journalists' Syndicate on Saturday, and in Iraq, journalists demanded apologies from the military after a crackdown on the press on Friday, and Baghdad Operations Command offered the apologies on Sunday, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On Saturday at around 11 a.m., three men in plainclothes arrived in a marked police vehicle and... MORE
February 27, 2011

Iraq cracks down on media; violations in Yemen, Libya

The Committee to protect Journalists documented additional attacks Friday in Iraq, Yemen, and Libya as journalists tried to cover anti-government protests. Iraqi authorities cracked down on media: Security forces stormed a satellite TV office, detained dozens of journalists, and confiscated equipment, according to local journalists and news reports. In Yemen, at least four journalists were detained today, according to local journalists, and Al-Jazeera reported that its crew was prevented from... MORE
February 25, 2011

International partnership denounces systematic attacks on press freedom in Yemen

Against a backdrop of historic political change for the region that has brought the country to the brink of its own revolution, The International Partnership for Yemen has released findings from its joint mission that expose the critical situation facing the media. The Partnership, a coalition of press freedom and human rights organisations including ARTICLE 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression, The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Media Support (IMS), and the... MORE
February 23, 2011

Yemen protests coverage: Violence against journalists continues

The violence against journalists has been continuing in Yemen. In one of the latest incidents, security forces assaulted Zaki Saqladi , a correspondent of the news website AlmasdarOnline, Tuesday in the southern province of Ad-Dali, confiscating his car and his camera, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Swiss Info correspondent Abdel-Karim Salam was the victim of a particularly violent attack while covering a sit-in outside Sana'a university on... MORE
February 19, 2011

Journalists targeted in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya

Authorities in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya continue to prevent media from reporting on anti-government demonstrations. Bahraini authorities used live ammunition—including fire from a helicopter—against peaceful protesters and journalists on Friday. Pro-government thugs attacked two journalists in Yemen, and the Libyan government appeared to be shutting down Facebook, Twitter, and Al-Jazeera's website as a means of silencing reporting on protests. "Security forces firing on journalists from a... MORE
February 18, 2011

Attacks on media continue in Bahrain, Yemen, and Iraq

Authorities in Bahrain and Yemen have escalated their physical attack on the press in order to censor coverage of spreading anti-government protests, the Committee to protect Journalists said Thursday. Also, in Iraq, at least two journalists were attacked by guards for the Kurdistan Democratic Party's building, local journalists told CPJ. "Governments throughout the Middle East and North Africa cannot deny their citizens coverage of these momentous events across the region," said Mohamed Abdel... MORE
February 15, 2011

Journalists attacked while covering anti-government protests in Sana'a

Security agents, police officers and plainclothes men have carrying out attacks against journalists covering street protests in Sana'a during the past three days. The attacks took place during demonstrations hailing the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). On Sunday, reporter Khalil Al-Berh was held by force in a security services car for 30 minutes... MORE
January 28, 2011

Authorities in Yemen release journalists for fear of Tunisia-style unrest

In the face of angry protesters and the potential for a Tunisia-style uprising, the Yemeni authorities suddenly released a number of journalists and human rights activists arrested over the weekend, report the Arabic Network for Human Right Information (ANHRI), Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Like Algeria, Egypt and others inspired by the Tunisian unrest, Yemenis have been taking to the streets over the past few weeks to challenge the 32-... MORE
January 27, 2011

Woman journalist freed in Yemen but press freedom violations continue

Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman was released Monday, two days after her arbitrary arrest in Sana'a. Charged with “inciting disorder and chaos” and organizing unauthorised demonstrations and marches, she was freed on condition that she does not violate “public order and the law” again. Karman has been a leading figure in a three-week-old wave of protests demanding political reform in Yemen which has been inspired in part by the protest movement in Tunisia. She was freed after... MORE
January 19, 2011

Yemen: Reporter sentenced to five years in prison for alleged Al-Qaeda links

A sentence of five years in prison followed by two years of house arrest has been passed by a Sana'a court specialising in terrorism cases passed on Ilah Haydar Shae , a reporter employed by the Saba news agency, for allegedly collaborating with Al-Qaeda, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The Yemeni authorities have used the pretext of combating terrorism to convict a journalist who is an expert on issues related to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula... MORE