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PRESS IN YEMEN FACES EXTINCTION

JOURNALISTS NEED SUPPORT
Fri - (23 Jun 2017) - Reports

Journalists in Yemen have been subject to number of systematic violation patterns of killing, physical attacks, arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance, media center closures, unfair prosecutions and trials - one of which resulted in a death sentence.

 

Since the armed group, Ansar Allah (Houthis), backed by the forces of the former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took power, they have attempted to control the public narrative and have been responsible for the majority of violations against journalists. In Taiz Governorate, Ansar Al-Sharea, an extremist group, has also taken a particularly repressive and hostile attitude towards the press. All parties to the conflict however and their various affiliates are committing violations against journalists.

 

In addition, since the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes began in 2015 in Yemen to defeat the Houthis and restore Yemen’s government, bombing and other human rights violations committed by the coalition have had a serious impact on the safety of human rights defenders, including journalists, who are working hard to report on and document the situation in Yemen.

In this report, Mwatana Organization for Human Rights documents patterns of violations against Yemeni journalists and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) provides the legal framework in Yemen.

This report was launched in a side event-of panel discussion, on “ongoing attacks on public freedoms in Yemen” , held by Gulf Center for Human Rights and Mwatana Organization for Human Rights on the sidelines of the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council currently convening in Geneva on June 20, 2017.

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