Attacks on the Press
• Government censors newspapers, establishes new press court.
• Two journalists jailed without charge; one missing after being abducted.
8: Newspapers banned for periods beginning in May due to their coverage of unrest in the south.
Continuing a steady years-long decline, Yemen became one of the most repressive countries in the region for the press. Journalists covering clashes in the country’s restive south faced severe restrictions. Government repression reached its peak in May, when at least eight newspapers that had covered violent protests were barred from distribution, several papers faced criminal charges, and one paper came under direct attack from state security agents. Government officials established a special court for perceived news media offenses.