IFJ: Masterminds of journalists’ killings walk free

IFJ: Masterminds of journalists’ killings walk free

Alsahwa Net- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) confirmed on Friday death of 44 journalists in Yemen between 2010 and September 2020.

No one of the masterminds of journalists’ deaths has been prosecuted yet.

Instability and presence of multiple authorities have been blamed for lack of justice to journalists sustained physical attacks in Yemen, according to the IFJ.

In addition to death, media professionals in Yemen are at risk of injury, arbitrary arrests, threats, restriction of movement and suspension of monthly payment, the IFJ said.

Warring parties view reporters as enemies amid political and sectarian polarization exercised by the media.

“International media coverage is lacking due to the enormous efforts undertaken by parties involved in the conflict to silence the voices of media workers,” the IFJ said.

“While many journalists fled the country, some continue to risk their lives in an attempt to remind the world about the conflict,” the IFJ said.

It affirmed that 2020 has been the worst year in terms of harassment against journalists in Yemen.

It indicated that the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) documented 88 violations against press freedom between January to September of this year.

Reported abuses included murder, assault and ban of coverage.

The Houthis have been blamed to many of these abuses as well as the legitimate government led by President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi.

It added that while 20 media workers remain disappeared, other four journalists were sentenced to death on accusation of providing information to foreign states.

It called for an end to impunity and appreciated the role by the YJS on documenting violations against media workers in Yemen.

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