Yemen / Middle East & North Africa

  
Houthi fighters ride on trucks mounted with weapons during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the rebel movement in Sanaa, Yemen, on August 1, 2019. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

In Yemen, gunmen abduct former journalist Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi

Gunmen in civilian clothing abducted Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi from his house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 27, 2019, according to a statement from the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and the Saudi network Al-Arabiya.

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Yemeni police officers are seen in Taez on July 2, 2018. Yemeni security forces recently arrested freelance journalist Yahya al-Sawari. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)

Yemeni journalist Yahya al-Sawari arrested, held without charge in unknown location

New York, July 15, 2019 — Yemeni and Saudi authorities must disclose freelance journalist Yahya al-Sawari’s whereabouts and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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CPJ calls on Yemeni government to ensure that the rights of all journalists are respected

CPJ thanks Yemeni Ambassador Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak for his May 2019 letter expressing concern for the welfare of journalists in areas under Houthi control, and calls on the Yemeni government to ensure that the rights of all journalists in the country are respected.

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Supporters of the Houthi movement attend a rally to mark the fourth anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen's war, in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26, 2019. The Houthis are currently detaining at least 10 journalists in harsh conditions. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

CPJ calls on Houthis in Yemen to release all detained journalists

New York, May 31, 2019–The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, should immediately release all journalists in its custody and stop its campaign of detentions and intimidation against journalists working in areas under its control, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Yemeni student runs on September 16, 2018, at a school that was damaged last year in an airstrike during fighting between Saudi-backed military coalition forces and Houthis in the city of Taiz. A Saudi airstrike hit a Houthi-controlled radio station in Hodeida Governorate on September 16, killing three employees. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)

Saudi airstrike hits Yemeni radio station

New York, September 17, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition’s airstrike on a Yemeni radio station yesterday. The airstrike against the Ansar Allah-controlled Al-Maraweah Radio Broadcasting Center, located in Al-Maraweah District in Hodeida Governorate, killed three employees as well as a civilian in the vicinity of the building, according…

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A Yemeni flashes a victory sign during protests in Aden on September 5. Yemeni journalists covering the militias and coalition forces vying for power in the country say they face threats from all sides. (AFP/Saleh al-Obeidi)

Journalists in Yemen under attack from all sides as rival forces crack down on critics

In its report released late last month, the U.N. Human Rights Council found that all groups involved in the Yemen conflict–from the government-controlled south, with its militias propped up by the UAE-led coalition and loyal to the secessionist Southern Transitional Council, and areas held by the rebel Ansar Allah or Houthi movement–were responsible for widespread…

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Houthis chant slogans in Sanaa in January 2017. A Yemeni journalist has been detained since July 22 after being stopped at a Houthi checkpoint in Rahda. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Journalist detained by Houthis at Yemen checkpoint

Yemeni journalist Eissa Abad was stopped at a checkpoint controlled by the Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, in the town of Rahda, on July 22, 2018, and detained, according to reports. The journalist was stopped while on the way to Aden, where he was due to catch a flight to Lebanon for…

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A general view of Aden, Yemen on February 16, 2018. Violence, famine and disease have ravished the country of some 28 million, which was already the Arab world's poorest before the conflict began. Yemeni journalist Mazen al-Shaabi was attacked by unknown gunmen while driving home the evening of July 23, according to reports. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)

Yemeni journalist assaulted near Aden

New York, July 27, 2018–Yemeni authorities should credibly investigate the attack on Mazen al-Shaabi, a reporter for United Arab Emirates-funded Sharjah TV, and ensure that journalists operating in areas under their control can work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Al-Shaabi was attacked by unknown assailants the evening of July 23…

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A Houthi fighter secures a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 29, 2018. The Houthis have detained at least three more journalists since late June. (Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

Houthis detain at least three more journalists in late June and early July

The Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, detained at least three current and former Yemeni journalists–Iyad al-Wasmani, Abdulsalam al-Doaiss, and Abed al-Jaradi–between June 27 and July 7, 2018, according to news reports and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate.

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Houthi supporters demonstrate in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 15, 2018. A Yemeni journalist died June 2, soon after being released from Houthi custody. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

Journalist dies soon after release from Houthi detention

New York, June 12, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the UN Security Council to investigate the case of a Yemeni journalist who died from torture while detained by Houthi rebels, according to Nabil Alosaidi, co-chair of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate.

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