Fresh Attempts to Muffle Press Freedom [Archives:2001/22/Front Page]

May 28 2001

The Yemen press received last week three circulars in two successive days issued by the Ministry of Information prohibiting publication of information or news pertaining to the armed forces before consulting the competent authorities in the Defense Ministry. The second and third circulars prohibit publication of advertisements for private hospitals and on Hajj and Umra without having prior official permission from the ministries of Health and Endowments.
The circulars mentioned that these decisions were in response to demands from the respective ministries.
Observers consider the Information Ministry circulars as a new measure aimed at muffling freedom of press and imposing financial restrictions on independent newspapers.