The IFJ Calls for an End to the Harassment of Journalists in Yemen


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the harassment

and intimidation of journalists at the government-owned and army-controlled 26 September newspaper, and wrote to

Yemen's Vice-President Abdu Raboo Mansour Hadi calling on him to order an end

to the threats against these journalists.


his letter, IFJ President Jim Boumelha wrote "We support our member union in

Yemen, the Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate, in its request that the new political

situation warrants that the status of the newspaper is opened up to a

root-and-branch review, including changes to its management structure and the

introduction of legal and editorial rights."


at the 26 September newspaper have

recently faced arbitrary dismissals and threats of punishment, including jail,

for opposing financial and administrative corruption at the newspaper, and went

on strike, demanding major changes to the newspaper's future status.


to the IFJ member union, the Yemeni Information Committee in the Department of

Moral Guidance issued a road map to resolve this issue, starting with the

removal of General Ali Hassan al- Shater as chief editor of the newspaper, and

establishing a committee to review the future of the publication and root out

corruption and mismanagement.


IFJ says that such moves "could be a useful step to find a negotiated

settlement and establish a firm foundation for the future of the newspaper" and

joined its affiliate in calling for a negotiated settlement to the dispute.


are confident that these journalists and media workers are doing their best to

defend the interest and future of the publication and are acting in the public

interest to preserve its editorial qualities.


cannot therefore accept that they should be intimidated and threatened with

jail, or attacked by thugs under order from your Ministry of Defence. These

journalists are our members and we deem your government to be responsible for

their safety and security. Their colleagues, the world over, will not stand by

and stay silent if they suffer any harm," added Boumelha.


a separate development, YJS former president, Naser Taha Mustafa has been the

target of death threats linked to his journalistic work, which the IFJ strongly

condemned. ‘‘It is simply unacceptable that Naser Taha Mustafa, a respected

editor and former YJS president should be threatened for his writings", said


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