Yemen: Al-Sharea newspaper confiscated in Taiz after distributors arrested

07.12.19

The suffering of journalists and media institutions continues in Yemen where it is very difficult to work when the war is still raging. In the latest attack on media freedom, a newspaper was confiscated from newsstands in the city of Taiz after the arrest of its distributors.

According to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), on 25 November 2019 at noon, distributor of Al-Sharea newspaper, Zakaria Al-Yasiri, and his colleague Sami Hammoud were kidnapped at the military police station in the Dabab area, which is 3 km down the road from the southwest entry point to Taiz Governorate. They were transferred to Military Intelligence Prison and then released the following day. 

On 05 December 2019, gunmen affiliated with the leadership of the military axis of Taiz, which belongs to the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, confiscated copies of the newspaper from the sales kiosks and bookstores and threatened the owners, warning them not to sell any more copies of the newspaper.

 Al-Sharea newspaper is an independent newspaper founded in 2007 and headquartered in the city of Aden, and its publisher and editor-in-chief is Naif Hassan.

GCHR calls for the leadership of the military axis of Taiz and all security and military authorities of the various parties in Yemen to protect journalists and media institutions by all possible means and stop targeting them. They must respect public freedoms, including freedom of the press and freedom of expression.