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LET THEM SPEAK - Media and freedom of expression targeted in Yemen

2016-10-27

Introduction:

Yemen is a country plagued by internal conflicts, poverty, humanitarian crises and a legacy of human rights violations. Serious violations and abuses of international law are rampant and have continued since the civil war began in 2014.

“Airstrikes, shelling, and street-by-street urban combat put journalists and civilians in Yemen at risk of death and injury,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a media freedom NGO. Media outlets and journalists are targeted, abducted or killed, as they carry out their important and legitimate work, and the right to freedom of expression is curtailed.

The media’s role in the time of conflict should not be underestimated. It is very crucial in terms of conflict management and the peacebuilding processes. Often, the lack of information at any stage of a conflict, can result in manipulation, helplessness and despair. Whereas, reporting by free media can help people to make informed decisions and enhance the democratic structures of societies and might help in foreseeing a better future.

In this report, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) aims to document and highlight some cases of those who have been subjected to human rights violations as they bravely report on and attempt to bring attention to the situation in Yemen.