26_September [Archives:2005/876/Press Review]

September 12 2005

1 Sept. 2005
Main headlines

– In his receiving of emissary of Mauritanian military council, President Saleh: What happened in Mauritania, an internal affair, Yemen with will of the Mauritanian people

– Yemen chairs Arab Foreign Ministers Council

– Yemen resumes efforts to bring closer viewpoints of Somali factions

– Economic cooperation, regional situations and terror, top the agenda of president Saleh's visit to Washington

The newspaper editorial discusses the role of press and other media instruments. It says role of press, other media tools, and the extent of their spread among the people are based mainly on their respect of themselves and the honour of the word as well as values and principles of their message. Thus, they embody the degree of their commitment to respecting the readership and intellectuals.

In this context, one can bring forth many examples of some local party organ newspapers and news websites, which only find themselves at the bottom of instigations causing crises. These media instruments give the freedom of expression indications severed from the core of their noble message that embodies democracy.

They rather offend the entire homeland. The same criterion could be applied to some correspondents of Arab and foreign media.

Ath-Thawri weekly, organ of the YSP, 1 Sept. 2005.

Main headlines:

– International organisation report: It is very difficult to work as an independent journalist in Yemen

– Government bureaucracy and fragility of judiciary, impede investment

– YS P general secretariat condemn pursuit campaigns against “Ath-Thawri” newspaper

– Reporters without borders organisation: Media in Yemen exposed to continued harassments

Columnist Ali Yassin writes saying the public opinion is clearly divided about the stance regarding the attitude against statement of the general federation of trade unions toward the wages strategy and its categorical refusal of it, also about timing the workers declaration. This stand has led to this division. The declaration came late and therefore the general federation of trade unions would not realise the aspired for and targeted result from its stand.

Many see that this federation should have not waited almost two months since the issuance of the wages and salaries law, but rather it had to announce its stand at the moment when the law was issued on the 18th of last July. Moreover, the federation should have announced its stand from the government decision of increasing prices of oil products that caused the increase in prices of foodstuffs in a manner harmed the living conditions of workers and employees.