Al-Ihya Newspaper, writer Abdul Jabar Saad before court [Archives:2004/740/Local News]

May 24 2004

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
Tuesday, 18 May 2004- Ministry of Information issued a decision to refer “Al-Ahya Al-Arabi” newspaper, the mouthpiece of Arab Nationalist Socialist Ba'ath Party and the writer Abdul Jabar Saad to the judiciary following the publishing of an article, which attacks Saudi Arabia and Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Royal Guards.
A source at the Ministry of Information confirmed that the newspaper and the writer have committed a violation of the Journalism Law and intended the insult to distort relations between Yemen and Saudi. It is an irresponsible act, a violation of the law, a propagation of extreme and deviant concepts, and a call for terror acts and the glorification of them. In addition, it is an insult to a brotherly country, Saudi, and to the distinguished relations between the two countries, which compel legal measures to be taken against the newspaper and the writer.
The statement of the Ministry of Information confirmed that the freedoms of press, expression and opinion do not necessarily mean in any situation permission to insult others and to damage the vital interests of the country.
It is worth mentioning that the Customs Authority has fired Abdul Jabar Saad from his work as a director of the Custom Office in Hodiedah Governorate as a direct result of this article.