Rights Radar, an NGO defending human rights in the Arab World, has released a report entitled “Yemen: Suppressing Voices”, which addresses issues of violations of press freedom and freedom of expression in Yemen from mid-2014 until the end of the first quarter of 2017. The report includes an executive summary on the status of press freedom and violations in Yemen during the past 30 months.
The report states that 19 professional journalists working in the media were killed in Yemen in 2015 and 2016, of whom eight were killed in 2015 and 11 in 2016, including seven killed by the bullets and rockets of the Houthi and Saleh forces and four others killed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes. 22 journalists and professionals working in the media remain in detention centers, including one detained by AQAP militants and a further 21 detained in Houthi and Saleh prisons.
The report includes a brief presentation of the most prominent cases of killings, kidnappings, arrests and trials. Amongst these violations was the issuing of a death sentence against the prominent journalist Yahya Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihi.
The report highlights how the freedom of the press in Yemen faced its worst time in the years of 2015 and 2016. Press in Yemen is stained with blood, susceptible to abuse, killing, suppression, and death sentences. Detained journalists in Yemen are subjected to the worst forms of torture and face death sentences by the Houthis and Saleh forces in Sana’a. The press freedom situation in areas under the control of the government remains unsafe for journalists, who are unable to carry out their work freely and safely.
The report concludes with a set of recommendations addressing various parties concerned with freedom of the press, freedom of expression and human rights in Yemen.
This report is part of a series of periodic reports and publications issued by Rights Radar and will be published on the organization’s website www.RightsRadar.org . It is also being disseminated through its social media platforms, and through e-mail lists of those concerned and interested in these issues.
The data and information of this report come from Rights Radars’ field reporters and monitors in more than 18 Yemeni cities.
Rights Radar is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that monitors, promotes and defends human rights in the Arab world. It was founded and run by a group of Arab human rights defenders and activists. We monitor, document and report violations against human rights, as well as provide advocacy and legal support for victims and capacity building for human rights activists. We cover all topics and areas of human rights, including media freedom and freedom of expression, women’s rights, children’s rights, disability rights, refugee rights and right to justice.