Yemeni journalists risk all to report

Airstrikes, shelling, and street-by-street urban combat put journalists and civilians in Yemen at risk of death and injury. Seventeen-year-old cameraman Hashim al-Hamran becomes at least the sixth journalist killed since a Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in 2015, joining Almigdad Mojalli, Bilal Sharaf al-Deen and others. Journalists in rebel-held areas risk abduction, and some say they censor themselves to stay safe.

Journalists killed in Yemen
Journalists abducted worldwide
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Alerts   |   Yemen

At least one Yemeni journalist taken captive by Houthi forces

New York, February 19, 2016 - Pro-Houthi forces took journalist Abdallah al-Minefi from his home in the city of Dhamar, roughly 50 miles south of Sanaa, late on Thursday, his employer reported. His current location is unknown.

February 19, 2016 4:08 PM ET


Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemeni journalist killed in Taiz

New York, February 17, 2016--Armed men in the central Yemeni city of Taiz fatally shot Ahmed al-Shaibani on Tuesday, according to his colleagues and employers.

Alerts   |   Saudi Arabia, Yemen

CPJ urges full, independent investigation into killing of journalists in Yemen

New York, February 2, 2016 - Investigations into the killing in Yemen of journalists and other civilians in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition should be thorough and impartial, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Yemen

Two journalists missing, believed abducted in Yemen

A home is damaged by fighting in the Yemeni city of Taiz, May 25, 2015 (Reuters).

New York, January 21, 2016 - Two journalists and a driver have gone missing and are believed to have been abducted in the Yemeni city of Taiz, their respective employers reported today. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for their immediate release and for anyone with information on their whereabouts to come forward.

Alerts   |   Yemen

Freelance journalist killed by Saudi coalition airstrike in Yemen

New York, January 19, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Almigdad Mojalli. The Yemeni freelance journalist was killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike outside the capital of Sanaa on Sunday morning while on assignment for Voice of America, the outlet reported this weekend.

January 19, 2016 3:54 PM ET


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Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Cartoonists Renald Luzier, left, and Patrick Pelloux at a solidarity march in Paris for their colleagues killed in the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In 2015, 28 journalists were killed by Islamic militants. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

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


Alerts   |   Saudi Arabia, Yemen

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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