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January 12, 2011

Yemen: News website editor arrested arbitrarily in eastern city

Yemeni journalist Fouad Rashid has been arbitrarily arrested in Al-Mukalla, a city 500 km east of Sanaa that is the capital of Hadramaut provinceaccording to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The editor of the Arabic-language news website Al-Mukalla Press, Rashid was arrested on the street on the morning of January 10 and was taken to the headquarters of the city’s plain-clothes police. RSF has learnt that the head of the Al-Mukalla journalists’ union was able to... MORE
December 13, 2010

Opposition newspaper banned in Yemen

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has denounced the Yemeni political security organisation (intelligence) for preventing the distribution of elThowry newspaper, a publication of the Yemeni opposition socialist party in Aden, southern Yemen. The newspaper had reported on recent arrests in Aden. A number of citizens were detained as they were celebrating Independence Day which happened to coincide with the days of the Gulf Cup football competition, "Khaleeji 20". On December... MORE
November 24, 2010

Yemen: Fourth hearing in detained reporter’s trial before state security court

When the fourth hearing in imprisoned journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae’s trial was held before a special state security court in Sanaa Wednesday, prosecutors submitted the contents of his computer as evidence. His lawyer, however, accused them of deception, pointing out that they had produced the computer seized when he was briefly arrested on July 11, not the one seized when he was arrested a second time on August 16, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said... MORE
October 29, 2010

Yemen journalist Abdulelah Shai charged with working for Al-Qaeda

A Yemeni terrorism court haccused freelance journalist and Al-Qaeda analyst Abdulelah Shai on Tuesday of working with Al-Qaeda, according to news reports. Shai, who is on trial along with his assistant Abdul Karim Daoud al-Shami, has been accused of “belonging to an illegal network” and “supporting the al-Qaeda network” from 2008 to 2010, AFP reported. The journalist’s arrest comes after Al-Jazeera aired his December 2009 interview with US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki earlier this year,... MORE
October 26, 2010

Yemen: Journalist disputes court’s legality as trial opens

On the first day of his trial Monday before a state security court, journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae challenged the court’s legality and said those responsible for his abduction and forced disappearance should also be on trial, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). His lawyers, Abdel Rahman Barman and Khaled Al-Anssi, attended the hearing as observers and reaffirmed their support for him, but refused to participate as his defence on the grounds that the... MORE
October 25, 2010

Unjust trial : Preposterous charges, arbitrary arrests and physical attacks in Yemen

Preposterous charges have been brought against the Sabaa news agency reporter Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae, whose trial before a special state security court is due to start Monday, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). A specialist in covering Al-Qaeda, Shae has been charged by the attorney-general with inciting the murder of the president and his son, “belonging to a rebel group seeking to attack the country’s security” and “supporting it through the media... MORE
September 29, 2010

Yemen: Cartoonist still held despite court’s release order

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has urged the authorities to immediately free cartoonist Kamal Sharaf, who is still being held despite a ruling by a special state security court on September 22 ordering his release. The press freedom organisation also calls for the release of reporter Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae although the same state security court ruled that he should be held for another 30 days to continue the investigation into his alleged Al-Qaeda links. The... MORE
September 23, 2010

Yemen: One journalist has detention extended, another is released

The arbitrary detention of Yemeni journalist Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae was extended Wednesday by a special court responsible for trying cases of endangering state security, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. The court ordered he remain a further 30 days in custody officially in response to the requirements of the police investigation. The journalist was arrested at his home in the capital Sanaa as part of a brutal police roundup on August 16. He was accused of... MORE
September 6, 2010

Two journalists held incommunicado in Yemen for more than two weeks

More than two weeks have gone by without any news of reporter Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae and cartoonist Kamal Sharaf since their arrests in Sanaa on August 16 and 17, which have been followed by an increase in cases of violence against journalists. An Al-Qaeda specialist who works for the Saba new agency, Shae was arrested at his home at the end of the daily Ramadan fast on the evening of August 16. Heavily-armed police in bullet-proof vests surrounded the house, fired warning shots and then... MORE
September 2, 2010

IFJ accuses Yemen of broken promises as journalists are held without charge

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has demanded the immediate release of two Yemeni journalists who have been held without charge since August 16 and accused the Yemeni government of broken promises for backtracking on pledges to allow journalists in the country to work freely. Abdelelaah Shaie, a reporter working for the official Yemeni News Agency (SABA), and Kmal Sharaf, a cartoonist at a state owned newspaper al-Gomhoriah were both arrested at their homes and taken into... MORE