Al-Mithaq newspaper fined YR15 million [Archives:2004/785/Local News]

October 28 2004

A sentence was issued against the mouthpiece of the ruling PGC -Al-Mithaq. According to the verdict, the newspaper has to pay a 15-million fine to the member of Yemen Congregation for Reform Sheikh Hamoud Hashim al-Tharihi, special preacher for the president Juma'a prayers. A suit of defaming was filed against the newspaper by al-Tharihi.
This is considered the first sentence to be issued against one of the ruling party's or state-run newspapers that try frequently to defame many of the opposition leaders in Yemen.