The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and its affiliate,
the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS), have today condemned an attack on an Al
Jazeera TV crew in the southern city of Aden in Yemen.
According to media reports, the crew was attacked on Saturday, 27 April,
2013, by members of the separatist movement, the South Yemen Movement, in the
port city of Aden while they were filming a protest. Reports say that Al
Jazeera correspondent Yasser Hassan had his nose broken, and photographer Samir
Nimry was assaulted and had his camera confiscated.
“This is the latest in a series of attacks in Yemen in recent weeks that have
left journalists of their family members injured. Such acts must not be
tolerated,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. “The
authorities in Yemen must immediately investigate this incident, identify those
responsible and hold them accountable.
The YJS has condemned the recent attacks on media staff in Yemen and
renewed its call for freedom of the media throughout all the country. The union
has also called for the confiscated camera to be returned.
“We are concerned about the increasing violence against and harassment of
journalists in Yemen,” said IFJ General Secretary Beth Costa. “We call on the government of the country to
adhere to the requirements of international law and ensure the rights and freedoms of journalists are upheld.”
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The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries