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

Down with Saleh: Anti-government protesters march to the Presidential Palace in Sana'a February 13, 2011. Anti-government protesters clashed with police trying to prevent them from marching towards Yemen's presidential palace in Sanaa on Sunday, witnesses said.

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. His camera was seized and was not returned until its memory card was emptied. Reuters photographer Khalid Al-Mahdi was attacked as he was walking alone on a Sana'a street and his camera was smashed, while Associated Press photographer Hani al-Ansi’s camera was confiscated.

On Monday, Marebpress correspondent Majid Shuaibi was attacked by men with sticks and knives as he was covering a student demonstration and his camera was stolen. Abdullah Ghorab, a correspondent for the BBC’s Arabic-language service, was badly beaten by a group of armed men in plain clothes while covering a demonstration outside Sana'a university.

Samia Al-Agbhry, a female journalist, lost consciousness when she was beaten by plainclothes policemen during clashes between pro and anti-government demonstrators outside the university.

RSF urged the Yemeni authorities to allow journalists to do their work without fear of being arrested or physically attacked by members of the security forces, who are supposed to protect them. The organisation called for an investigation into these abuses and the punishment of those responsible.

Date posted: February 15, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 232