International Federation of Journalists has demanded the Houthi-Saleh militias to release all Yemeni journalists in Yemen immediately, welcoming the release of three journalists last week and demanding that all imprisoned journalists in Yemen be set free immediately.
“We salute the YJS and all Yemeni journalists who stood together against the repeated attacks and intimidation of their colleagues”, said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger. “The IFJ and the YJS demand that the warring parties cease their attacks on journalists and allow them to carry out their work safely and freely.”
According to the YJS, Almost 50 rights violations including 8 abductions, 4 detentions, 2 arrests and 1 persecution occurred in Yemen in the first quarter of 2017 alone. 62% of these violations were perpetrated by the Houthis and 17% by security agencies affiliated to the government.
There are currently 18 journalists in Yemen imprisoned by the Houthi rebels at the time of writing.
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