3 journalists fined, banned from writing [Archives:2005/896/Front Page]

November 21 2005

SANA'A- Nov. 19- The Capital City's Southwestern Court issued on Saturday a verdict on the case filed by the Taiz Finance Office against al-Thawri Paper, mouthpiece of the Yemeni Socialist Party.

Under the verdict, the three journalists Khaled Salman, Fikri Qasim and Salahaddin al-Dakak were fined a sum of 950 thousand Yemeni Riyals and banned from writing for 6 months, but the execution was halted.

The three journalists were accused of scorning and criticizing the General Manager of Taiz Finance Office, following the publication of scandals and violations allegedly committed by the General Manager of Taiz Finance Office.

Al-Thawri weekly is also facing as many as 13 cases, 4 of which are concerned with insulting the President of the Republic and fomenting ethnical and racial conflicts, as well as insulting the military forces.

There are also a number of journalists and writers subjected to investigations and trials for their writings published in some opposition newspapers. Journalism community always complains of tightening the grip around the freedoms of journalists and the practice of illegal harassments against them.