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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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Blog   |   Yemen

Yemeni journalists: 'Our mouths are gagged'

Shiite rebels known as Houthis rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on August 11. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

In March 2014, Sana'a University media student Hisham al-Yousifi stood next to Dar al-Hajar, a royal palace built on the precipice of a rock formation just outside the capital, and announced to the video camera, "Here, there are a lot of tourists!" But there were no tourists, just his friends barely failing to hold back their giggling as they pretended to be Europeans visiting the extraordinary historic site.

Statements   |   Yemen

Freelance journalist Casey Coombs released by Yemen rebels

New York, June 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of American freelance journalist Casey Coombs, who had been held by Houthi rebels for two weeks. Coombs, who has written for publications including Time and The Intercept, has arrived safely in Oman, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters. Details of his case were not reported earlier at the request of his family.

June 1, 2015 5:19 PM ET

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Two abducted Yemeni journalists found dead after air strike

New York, May 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the kidnapping and killing of two Yemeni TV journalists whose bodies were found this week, days after they had been abducted, in the rubble of a building hit by an air strike.

Alerts   |   Yemen

Journalist kidnapped in Yemen as conflict intensifies

New York, May 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Yemeni journalist Waheed al-Sufi, who has been held for more than a month by unidentified kidnappers. Al-Sufi is the editor-in-chief of the Yemeni weekly newspaper Al-Arabiya and its website, Al-Arabiya Online, according to news reports and his family.

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Treating the Internet as the enemy in the Middle East

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans against the military and government during a protest in Cairo on November 28, 2014. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The snow and freezing temperatures that struck Saudi Arabia unexpectedly in December 2013 were newsworthy in a desert kingdom better known for its extreme heat. But the fact that the ensuing power outages at a regional prison left prisoners without power or heat for nearly a week was apparently off-limits to reporters.

Alerts   |   Yemen

Journalist, media workers killed in air strike in Yemen

New York, April 21, 2015--A TV journalist and three staff members of the satellite TV station Yemen Today were killed in an air strike in Sana'a on Monday, while at least 10 staff members were injured, according to news reports and the station. The air strike was one of many launched by a Saudi-led coalition of countries that has attempted to regain control of major cities from the grip of the Houthi militia.

Alerts   |   Yemen

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.

Alerts   |   Yemen

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.

Alerts   |   Yemen

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.

Alerts   |   Yemen

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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