Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Engineering, Printing
and Manufacturing Union of New Zealand in calling for the immediate release of freelance
journalist Glen Johnson, who has been detained in Lahj province in Yemen.
The Middle East-based Johnson, 28, a
New Zealand citizen, was
arrested last week while researching a story commissioned by a UK-based
publication about people smuggling in Africa.
He was arrested for entering Yemen
illegally, a charge his parents have questioned in an interview with the New
New Zealand foreign ministry
officials have not yet been able to contact Johnson, though his parents have
received assurances he is not being “mistreated”, according to the Waikato Times.
Johnson, who has contributed
reporting to the New York Times and Le Monde, was forced to leave Yemen on less
than two days’ notice last year while researching a story on female sexual
“While the IFJ is relieved to hear
Glen Johnson is not being mistreated in prison in Yemen, we still have serious
concerns about his well-being,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“Yemeni authorities must afford him
the support being offered by the New Zealand embassy in the region,
and ensure that any charge brought against him is done so swiftly and
Media workers have increasingly come
under attack in Yemen
since anti-government protests erupted in January.
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