End Oppression and Incitement against Yemeni Journalists

 

 

The safety of journalists in Yemen has deteriorated since the start of 2015 amid fighting between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition. Already in April it was clear that urgent measures needed to be taken following the Houthis' occupation of media houses in the capital, Sana'a, forcing journalists to either leave or follow the Houthis' editorial line. Most reporters have since fled Sana'a as the increasingly precarious and hostile atmosphere towards independent journalists grew.

The IFJ’s affiliate in the country, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), has recently launched a Opens external link in new windowreport which records around 200 cases of violations against press freedom this year, including 10 journalists killed, 14 imprisoned from whom at least 9 have been badly tortured by Houthis, most of Yemeni media outlets banned, shut, blocked or taken over by rebels. 

Furthermore, the leader of Ansar Allah Movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, recently published a video message in which he described journalists and intellectuals as “traitors who are more dangerous to the country than the mercenary fighters,” adding that “something must be done to face them.” The video which was broadcast on Almasirah TV on 19 September represents an incitement to the group’s followers to harass critical voices in Yemen.

Finally, another Opens external link in new windowvideo broadcasted the 10th of October shows a TV crew working for Balqis TV which came under the Houthis' fire. The team survived but the driver was injured. This footage shows the precarious working conditions of Yemen journalists and the need for supporting and training media workers on the ground.  

 

The IFJ is highly concerned about the safety of kidnapped and tortured journalists but also about the wellbeing of their colleagues who struggle to leave the country, are prevented from working and consequently not getting paid, all of whom now face violence following the video.

Therefore, our End Oppression and Incitement against Yemen Journalists campaign aims at:

- raising awareness worldwide about the drastic deterioration of the safety of journalists in Yemen,

- calling for an immediate release of our colleagues held in custody without charges,

- building an international support network amongst IFJ affiliates and beyond for Yemeni journalists and their families,

- urging the UN to hold the authorities in Yemen accountable for the safety of the journalists working in the country, in line with the Security Council Resolutions Opens external link in new window1738 (2006) and Opens external link in new window2222 (2015)

Marwan Dammaj, General Secretary of the Yemen Journalists'  Syndicate (YJS)

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BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS AND LINKS 

You will find below the different communication materials used during the campaign:

May 2016

• Initiates file downloadIFJ's letter to the UN Special Envoy in Yemen

October 2015

 September 2015

June 2015

  • Opens external link in new windowOpens external link in new windowIFJ letter to the UN Security Council, together with other IFEX members

LATEST NEWS

The IFJ has been monitoring the media crackdown in Yemen since mid-2014. Have a look at the press releases and news we have published about the issue:

2016

29.11.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: concerns raised over tortured journalist’s deteriorating health

21.11.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: Eighth media worker killed in 2016

2.09.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: YJS reports more than 100 press freedom violations

09.08.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: Seventh journalist killed in 2016

31.05.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: a sixth journalist killed in 2016

27.05.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: IFJ calls on UN to exert pressure for release of 10 journalists on hunger strike in Houthi jails

12.05.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: detained journalists on hunger strike

25.04.15 Opens external link in new windowCall to act against torture and free Yemeni journalists

23.03.16 Opens external link in new windowYemen: a fifth media worker killed in 2016

12.02.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: Five members of journalists’ family killed by Coalition bombing

02.02.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: new reports of torture against kidnapped journalists

28.01.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: Three kidnapped Al Jazeera media staff freed

27.01.16: Opens external link in new windowFurther media violations in Yemen: another journalist dead and a newspaper silenced

22.01.16: Opens external link in new windowThree AlJazeera media staff abducted in Yemen

18.01.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: journalist killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition

12.01.16: Opens external link in new windowYemen: journalist escapes murder attempt

2015

15.12.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ and YJS urge the warring parties in Yemen to ensure the safety of journalists

27.10.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ welcomes action plan on media safety from the international gathering on Yemen

21.10.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ co-organises a meeting in Brussels to support freedom of expression in Yemen

14.10.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ calls for immediate release of three media workers kidnapped by al-Qaida in Yemen

25.09.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ warns Houthis rebels' leader over targeting journalists in Yemen

18.09.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ and YJS mourn death of cameraman in Yemen

22.06.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ appeals to UN Security Council for the protection of journalists over the Yemeni conflict

02.06.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ and its Yemeni union urge immediate release of news agency’s editor

28.05.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ welcomes new resolution of the UN Security Council on protecting journalists and ending impunity

28.04.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ mourns death of fifth media worker in one week in Yemen

22.04.05: Opens external link in new windowIFJ mourns killing of four media workers in Yemen

01.04.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ urges warring parties in Yemen to end forthwith attacks on journalists

19.03.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ joins YJS in calling for independent investigation into murder of senior journalist

06.01.15: Opens external link in new windowIFJ condemns first media killing of 2015 in Yemen

 

2014

22.12.14: Opens external link in new windowIFJ calls on Houthis’ leader to end the occupation of Yemeni media

08.12.14: Opens external link in new windowThe IFJ and its US affiliates mourn the killing of US photographer in Yemen

02.10.14: Opens external link in new windowIFJ demands respect for media in Yemen

19.09.14: Opens external link in new windowIFJ demands immediate halt to bombardment of Yemen state TV offices

18.08.14: Opens external link in new windowJournalist killed in Yemen: IFJ repeats demand for increased media protection

13.06.14: Opens external link in new windowIFJ condemns forced closure of TV station in Yemen 


CONTACT US

For any further inquiries, please contact the IFJ Communication and Campaigns Department (EN/FR/ES).

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EMERGENCY CONTACT

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