Akhbar Al-Youm

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Police officers are seen in Cairo, Egypt, on September 27, 2019. Police recently arrested several journalists amid a crackdown throughout the country. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdown

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2019 — Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalists Alaa Abdelfattah, Nasser Abdelhafez, Engi Abdel Wahab, and all others who have been imprisoned for their reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A demonstrator holds up a sign showing the portrait of Hajar Raissouni, a Morrocan journalist of the daily newspaper Akhbar El-Youm, during a protest outside a courthouse in the capital, Rabat, on September 9, 2019. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

Moroccan authorities arrest journalist Hajar Raissouni

Moroccan security forces arrested Hajar Raissouni, a reporter for independent news website Akhbar al-Youm, on August 31, 2019, as she was leaving her doctor’s office with her fiancé in Rabat, according to her employer and Huffington Post Maghreb. Akhbar al-Youm reported that plainclothes agents also arrested her fiancé, the doctor, and two medical staff from…

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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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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 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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A street in the port city of Aden, Yemen in January 2018. Armed attackers on March 23 broke into the al-Shomou Foundation's Aden offices, where the daily Akhbar al-youm and the weekly al-Shomou are printed, and abducted at least seven people, according to reports. (Reuters/Fawaz Salman)

Gunmen abduct at least seven from Yemen media foundation

New York, March 26, 2018 -Yemeni authorities should investigate an attack on a media foundation’s offices and the abduction of at least seven people from the building, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Armed attackers on March 23 broke into the media foundation’s Aden offices, where the daily Akhbar al-youm and the weekly al-Shomou…

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The southern port city of Aden. Armed attackers in the Yemeni city raided a media foundation and set fire to the presses used to publish two newspapers. (Reuters/Fawaz Salman)

Armed attackers set fire to Yemen media foundation printing press

New York, March 6, 2018 – Yemeni authorities in Aden should investigate an attack on a media foundation’s office and ensure that journalists working in areas under their control can operate freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Armed men raided the offices of al-Shomou Foundation on March 1 and set fire…

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A beach in Casablanca in July 2012. Moroccan police on February 23, 2018 arrested Taoufik Bouachrine, a columnist and the publisher of Akhbar al-Youm, at the newspaper's headquarters in Casablanca. (Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)

Critical Moroccan journalist arrested on several charges

Moroccan police on February 23, 2018 arrested Taoufik Bouachrine, a columnist and the publisher of Akhbar al-Youm, at the newspaper’s headquarters in Casablanca on charges including human trafficking, sexual assault, rape, prostitution, and harassment, according to his lawyers, outlets, and news reports.

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A boulevard in Casablanca, Morocco as seen in October 2012. A Casablanca court on February 12, 2018, convicted journalist Taoufik Bouachrine of criminal defamation in a lawsuit filed by two government ministers, according to news reports. (AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Moroccan court convicts local publisher of criminal defamation

New York, February 14, 2018–Moroccan authorities should drop all charges against Akhbar al-Youm columnist and publisher Taoufik Bouachrine on appeal, and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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