Yemen: second media worker killed in 2016

A cameraman was killed on 16 February by a sniper in the Yemeni city of Alhasb while covering events, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)'s affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS). The IFJ joins the YJS in condemning the second killing of a media staff in Yemen in 2016 and backs its demand to investigate the latest attacks against media workers in the country. The YJS said that cameraman Ahmbed Shaibani was working for Yemen´s Shabab TV in Taiz when he was shot dead, blaming the Houthi group for the shooting. He is the second media staff killed this year in Yemen following the killing of the journalist Almigdad Mojalli on 17 January in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition in the capital, Sana´a. The IFJ sent sincere condolences to the family of Shaibani and to the whole media community in Yemen. The Federation stood by the YJS and demanded investigations into all the killings and targeting of journalists so the criminals are arrested. 13 journalists have been kidnapped or arrested and believed held captive in the country by the different warring parties since the beginning of the conflict. Some of them have been tortured, according to YJS’s figures, and at least 10 lost their lives while on mission in 2015. The IFJ and the YJS will hold a solidarity meeting this week in Amman, Jordan, to tackle safety crisis in Yemen, as well as to fight hate speech and build a professional dialogue in the country.

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