Al-Sahwa [Archives:2008/1154/Press Review]

May 12 2008

Thursday, May 8, 2008
Top Stories

– JMP Higher Council reminds authority of killing 30 citizens, arresting 487 activists

– Security authorities confirm abduction of two Japanese journalists, say armed men injured soldier

– Presidential committee releases policemen held captive by tribesmen in Lahj

– EC honors Yemeni journalists writing human rights issues

The weekly reported that European Commission launched on Wednesday a press conference on the occasion of annual Lorenzo Natali prize for journalists writing on topics of human rights and democracy in the developing world, adding that it is scheduled that the Lorenzo Natali prize will be granted to Yemeni journalists who defended human rights, democracy and development.

The Lorenzo Natali Prize was established by the European Commission in 1992. It commemorates Lorenzo Natali, a former European Commissioner for Development and a fervent defender of Human Rights. His work and commitment contributed significantly to increase the importance of development cooperation within the policies of the then European Communities.

On a side note, the paper said that Yemeni Information Minister, Hasan Al-Lawzi , has ordered to not let Alwasat newspaper printed, despite a sentence issued last Saturday annulling the Ministry Information decree of revoking the paper's license. The paper's editor Jamal Amer said that the Information Minister's order is a clear challenge to the court orders, wondering whether the mister is behind the order or another parties.

“If the Ministry of Information is behind revoking the newspaper's license, that means he has become a superpower” the weekly quoted Amer as saying. Amer wished that Al-Lawzi respects the judiciary, praising efforts exerted by the President of Yemeni Journalist Syndicate, Nasr Mustafa, to let the paper printed. Alwasat's license was provoked on charges of issuing publications which was considered by the ministry harmful to Yemen's national unity and its relations with its neighboring countries.