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Oliver Holmes

Oliver Holmes, a freelance journalist, is a contributor to the CPJ Blog.

Blog   |   Yemen

Foreign journalists have privileges locals don't in Yemen

Abdulmutallab studied at this Arabic-language school in Sana’a, Yemen, before he tried to blow up a plane in the U.S. (Reuters)It is possible that so-called “Christmas Day bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab came to Yemen for Al-Qaeda terrorist training because it was out of the limelight. Until now, international media has sent in journalists intermittently to cover stories on Somali refugees or the Houthi rebellion in the North, but few foreign journalists are based here and the majority of coverage had come from local stringers or freelancers.

Blog   |   Yemen

Just off Freedom Square in Yemen

Tawakul Karman, chairwoman of Women Journalists Without Chains. (Oliver Holmes)

Swathed in the traditional black face veil, or niqab, Yemeni women brandish banners with images of disappeared and imprisoned journalists. Every Tuesday, in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, Tawakul Karman, chairwoman of Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), leads these women into Freedom Square to demonstrate.

October 27, 2009 4:10 PM ET

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