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September 1, 2010

Dozens of journalists reportedly held on way to peace conference in Yemen

Twenty-five journalists were held by the Yemeni army as they tried to attend a peace conference in the north of Yemen over the last weekend. According to the Yemen Post , the journalists, from local, national and foreign press had been invited by tribal elders in the region to cover and attend the National Peace Conference. Since 2004, permits have been required for travel to the northern region of Saada and neighbouring Amran for security reasons because of the ongoing conflicts between the... MORE
August 25, 2010

Yemen arrests two journalists amid uprurge in violence

Yemeni authorities have illegally detained journalists Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae and Kamal Sharaf for the past week. They were arrested in Sanaa on August 16 and 17 at a time when government forces are stepping up a military offensive in the south of the country against militants linked with Al-Qaeda. “The fight against terrorism does not justify the force disappearance of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The arbitrary and brutal manner in which Shae and Sharaf were arrested amid the... MORE
August 19, 2010

Journalist forcibly detained in Yemen twice this summer

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Yemeni authorities to release Abdulelah Hider Shaea, a Yemeni journalist who covers Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda. Armed security forces arrested Shaea on Monday after raiding his family home, according to news reports. Shaea is a reporter for the official Saba News Agency and a frequent commentator and contributor to Al-Jazeera. He is known for his exclusive interviews with Al-Qaeda leaders and his analysis on Islamist groups. When... MORE
August 3, 2010

Yemen: Fresh round of threats and acts of intimidation against journalists

There has been a series of fresh threats and acts of intimidation against journalists in Yemen. The political class seems to have no qualms about using violence against journalists who write about corruption or embezzlement. Utterly illegal and arbitrary arrests are becoming commonplace, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The situation is becoming more and more worrying again after the encouraging signs in May when the authorities dropped proceedings... MORE
June 10, 2010

Yemen: Special court abandons cases against 33 journalists

A Yemeni court specialising in press cases on June 8 abandoned eight prosecutions against 33 journalists in line with a previously announced amnesty by President Abdullah Saleh to mark the 20th anniversary of the unification of north and South Yemen. In his June 8 announcement, justice minister Ghazi Chaif Al-Agbari said the decision to suspend legal proceedings concerned journalists prosecuted on charges of “undermining national unity,” “inciting regionalism” and “spreading false news with the... MORE
May 25, 2010

Yemeni court gives five journalists suspended jail terms

The Press and Publication Court in Yemen handed down suspended jail sentences to an editor and four reporters on Monday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The sentences come just a few days after local media reported that President Ali Abdullah Saleh pardoned all journalists being tried or convicted of press offenses to mark the 20th anniversary of Yemen's unification. On Monday, the Press and Publication Court in Sana'a sentenced Editor Sami Ghaleb, and reporters Abdel... MORE
May 12, 2010

Yemen jails editor in ongoing media onslaught

On May 2, the Press and Publications Court in Sana’a found Hussein Muhammad al-Leswas, editor of the news website Sana Press, guilty of “undermining national foundations, the revolution, and the republic” and sentenced him to one year in prison, according to local press reports and freelance journalist Samia al-Aghraby. The court also instituted an open-ended reporting ban against al-Leswas, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The charges stemmed from a series of articles... MORE
May 11, 2010

Yemen: Two journalists released but another jailed and more trials on the way

Two journalists have been freed in Yemen during the past 24 hours. Al-Ayyam editor Hani Bashraheel, who was arrested on January 6, and Moaz Ashhabi, who was sentenced to a year in prison on January 16, were freed on Monday, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). But a harsh crackdown on independent and opposition media continues, with another journalist, Hossein Al-Leswas, getting a one-year sentence last week and more trials due to be held in the coming weeks. The former editor of the... MORE
April 23, 2010

Yemen: Soldiers overrun media company to suppress story about raid on police station

Soldiers stormed the building of 14 October, a national media company based in Al-Ma’ala, in the southern Yemen province of Aden, on the evening of April 21 in order to seize the latest issue of Al-Tariq , a daily newspaper it publishes, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The building remained surrounded until Thursday morning. “What happens in Yemen is hallucinating,” Paris-based RSF said. “Not a day goes by without a news media being attacked or a journalist being abducted,... MORE
April 15, 2010

Yemeni editor, long harassed, is charged again

Yemeni authorities have pressed new charges against Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party's news website Aleshteraki , in connection with a 2005 article, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On Saturday, the Press and Publications Court summoned al-Maqaleh to appear before it on April 18 on charges of “insulting the president,” according to local news reports. Al-Maqaleh had criticised President Ali Abdallah Saleh in 2005 for running in the... MORE