IFJ Calls for Release of All Detained Journalists after Editor is Freed in Yemen

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today welcomed  the release of Hisham Bashraheel, Editor of Al Ayyam newspaper who was arrested in January following a

three day siege by Yemeni security forces. The Federation also called for the

release of all journalists currently in detention.

"It is indeed good news that the Yemeni authorities finally heeded the

call from journalists worldwide and consented to release Hisham," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. "The cases of at least

three journalists are still pending including that of Mr. al Maqaleh, editor of

Al Eshteraki, who is in bad health and has been tortured and denied

medical assistance."

Bashraheel was arrested in

early January after security forces had laid siege to his newspaper's offices

where journalists were protesting violations

of press freedom in Yemen,

including the publication ban imposed on the newspaper. His son, Hani Bashraheel, managing director of Al Ayyam newspaper was also detained by

the authorities.

The IFJ says the fact that

Bashraheel was released without charges after months of detention vindicates

its criticism of the Yemeni authorities for his politically motivated arrest and the campaign of harassment and intimidation of independent journalists.

 "We call once again on the authorities to

release all the journalists currently detained without charge," added Boumelha.

"If Hisham can be released, so should the others."

For more information contact the IFJ at

  +32 2 235 2207   

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide