Yemen: Journalist repeatedly receives threatening phone calls 

Experienced reporter and Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) board member Nabil Al Osaidi has repeatedly received phone call threats over the past few days in a bid to intimidate him. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the threats and urged the Yemeni authorities to investigate who is behind them.

Journalist Nabil Al Osaidi

Nabi Al Osaidi received the repeated phone threats over the past week from a blocked ID number. Only government officials or individuals with influence in Yemen can have access to this service in Yemen.

The YJS has called on the government to immediately investigate these threats, identify and prosecute those who stand behind them.

Al Osaidi fled the country in 2016 when the civil war began and is now living in Switzerland, where he has been documenting corruption cases involving Yemeni officials, nepotism in the government, and diplomatic job employment. He has been publishing reports under the popular hashtag #اللهم_لاحسد, which means "No envy!".

In a recent publication, Nabil Al Osaidi exposed business relations between an official of President Hadi's government and a businessman closely linked to the Houthi group who overthrew Hadi's government and control the capital Sana and most of the northern part of the country for the last five years.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: "The Yemeni government must investigate the threats and identify those who are behind them. These practices are designed not just to intimidate Al Osaidi but to intimidate all journalists who attempt to report on Yemeni public officials corruption".

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