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Journalists targeted in Yemen unrest

Continuing unrest in Yemen makes it a dangerous beat for the press, with journalists coming under attack while covering protests, right, against the Houthi militia's takeover of the capital, Sanaa. An assistant editor is kidnapped, media equipment is confiscated, and several journalists report being beaten and interrogated. Local journalist Khaled al-Washli is killed covering attempts to defuse a bomb in January and American freelancer Luke Somers, who was being held hostage by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, dies during a failed rescue attempt in December.

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Norwegian freelance journalist held in Yemen

New York, April 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Raymond Lidal, a Norwegian freelance journalist who has been detained in Yemen for nearly two weeks, according to his friend and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lidal's case was not publicly reported until Wednesday night.

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Media outlets raided and banned as conflict spirals in Yemen

New York, March 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Yemeni journalists amid escalating violence in the country. Houthi forces have raided news outlets, detained journalists, and banned websites, while satellite TV operators ceased to broadcast stations that recently came under Houthi control, according to news reports.

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Yemeni journalist killed by unknown gunmen

Beirut, March 18, 2015--Two gunmen today shot dead an award-winning journalist and politician outside his house in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, local and international news outlets reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder.

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Journalists targeted while covering protests in Yemen

Houthi Yemenis chant slogans during a rally to show support for their comrades in Sana'a, Yemen, on Wednesday. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

New York, January 28, 2015--Several journalists have been attacked, detained, or their equipment seized in Sana'a in recent days, while at least one journalist has been reported missing, according to news reports and a local press freedom group. The anti-press violations occurred while journalists were covering protests against the Houthi militia's takeover of the Yemeni capital last week.

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Yemeni journalist killed in explosion

New York, January 8, 2015--A television correspondent was killed in the Yemeni city of Dhamar on January 4 when a bomb exploded while he was covering attempts by Houthi militiamen to defuse it, according to news reports. Khaled al-Washli, a correspondent for the Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV, was one of at least six victims killed by the bomb, the station said in a statement.

January 8, 2015 11:50 AM ET

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Freelancer Luke Somers killed in hostage rescue attempt in Yemen

New York, December 6, 2014--Luke Somers, an American freelance journalist held hostage by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with fellow hostage Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher, during a failed rescue attempt by U.S. special forces on Saturday morning in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and news reports.

December 6, 2014 9:25 AM ET

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CPJ calls for release of U.S. journalist held in Yemen

New York, December 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of U.S. freelance journalist Luke Somers, who has been held hostage in Yemen for more than a year. Following a video released on Wednesday that showed the journalist pleading for his life, U.S. government officials issued press releases today publicly acknowledging that Somers was being held by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. CPJ did not previously report the case at the request of the family, who today released a statement about the kidnapping.

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Yemeni journalist shot dead in series of attacks on state-run media

New York, August 19, 2014 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a string of attacks on Yemeni journalists working for state-run outlets in the past week. At least one journalist has been killed and another survived an assassination attempt, according to the Ministry of Information and news reports.

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Yemen expels 1 international journalist, bars another

Yemeni soldiers battle an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the southern province of Shabwa on May 8, 2014. (AFP)

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Yemeni government's decision yesterday to expel one international journalist and deny the entry of another. 

May 9, 2014 4:46 PM ET

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One journalist released, Al-Jazeera trial begins in Egypt

New York, March 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail of one reporter in Egypt and calls on authorities to release all other journalists held behind bars. While the release of a second journalist is pending, a trial begins on Wednesday for three imprisoned journalists affiliated with the Qatari-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, according to news reports.

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