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FF denounces attack on journalist of Marib Press
23 June 2012

Freedom Foundation for media freedoms, rights and development (FF) has condemned an attack on Marib Press's journalist, Mohammad al-Hodaifi, pointing out that he was threatened as he was covering a demonstration in Taiz on June 23.

FF further voiced deep concerns about the Press and Publication Court's call to the editor-in-chief of Marib Press Mohammad Al-Salhi on charges of publication case that is considered one out of four cases filed against Marib Press, an online newspaper.

Al-Hodaifi informed FF that he was attacked after covering of a demonstration in Taiz, indicating that he tried to escape and that security forces pursued him and threatened him with their guns.FF expresses concerns, stressing that the case filed might be politically motivated and an attempt to pursue, abuse and crack down the journalists of Marib Press.

One soldier tried to confiscate his camera and as he resist that , he was beaten and his clothes were torn.

Al-Hodaifi was abused as he was covering a demonstration that demanded to oust a security chief and in which security forces used bullets to disperse the protesters.

While FF condemns abuses practiced against journalists who cover events across Yemen, it calls all security services to end illegal behaviors, protect and respect journalists.

It further calls the security services to investigate the perpetrators and hold them accountable, particularly as the attacks against journalists increased in the past months.

FF urges all the concerned authorities to protect journalists, stand by their cases and contribute in amending laws and legislations of press to be in harmony with international press standards.


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