first_img The four journalists, Abdul Khaleq Amran, Akram Al-Walidi, Hareth Hamed and Tawfiq Al-Mansouri, were part of a group of ten journalists who were tried on 11 April on charges of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Neither their families nor their lawyers were notified about the trial. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImprisonedImpunityPredators Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Organisation Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more Yemen is ranked 167th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News The other six journalists who were tried at the same time (and who have also been held since 2015) are Esam Belghaith, Hassan Annab, Hisham Tarmoum, Hisham Al-Yousfi, Haitham Al-Shehab and Salah Al-Qaedi. February 11, 2021 Find out more Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions The Houthis claim to have found detailed plans for military operations in the journalists’ electronic devices. The court convicted them of “creating and secretly running several websites and pages through the Internet and social networks (…) in which they posted false, malicious and disturbing news, information and rumours.” YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsImprisonedImpunityPredators News January 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF RSF_en April 14, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 RSF decries death sentences passed on four Yemeni journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the death sentences that a Houthi court has passed on four Yemeni journalists and calls for their immediate release. Detained since 2015, the journalists could be executed at any moment. News News All ten worked for media outlets regarded as supportive of Al-Islah, a party with Muslim Brotherhood links that, in 2015, declared its support for the Yemeni government recognized by the international community and for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that has intervened militarily in Yemen. Help by sharing this information to go further “These utterly unacceptable convictions are worthy of a bygone era and must be overturned without delay,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The death sentences are typical of the way the Houthi rebels have systematically persecuted journalists, and are indicative of a readiness to use summary justice to settle scores with all critical media. Neither the sentences nor the arbitrary detention of all ten journalists since 2015 can be justified. They must be freed.”last_img