Yemeni: Demands to release detained Yemeni journalists

Yemeni: Demands to release detained Yemeni journalists

 

Alsahwa Net- Yemeni rights groups, journalists and activists on Sunday launched an online campaign demanding to release Yemeni journalists held in Houthi prisons.

This campaign, which lasts three days, coincides with the World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd. It aims to enhance free expression of opinion and a free press.

Last year, the Houthi group sentenced four journalists to death; these journalists are Abdel-Khaleq Amran, Akram al-Walidi, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq al-Mansouri.

These four journalists were arrested along with six other journalists in raids in the capital, Sana’a, in the summer of 2015, shortly after the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s war.

The Houthis are accused by rights groups of routinely imprisoning and torturing dissenters and those suspected of spying for the coalition.

Hostages are sometimes purposely held in locations likely to be the target of coalition airstrikes: two imprisoned journalists, Abdullah Qabel and Yousif al-Aizari, died when a military site in Dhamar was bombed in 2015.

According to Reporters Without Borders, about 20 Yemeni journalists are being held prisoner by the Houthis or al-Qaida. Yemen ranked 167th out of 180 countries in the organization’s press freedom index for 2020.

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