Journalist released, protests continue [Archives:2004/716/Local News]

March 1 2004

Mohammed bin Sallam
The Yemeni journalist Najeeb Yabli was released on Tuesday under directives from the president of the republic.
He was arrested by political security authorities of Aden on Tuesday following his return from Sana'a where he participated in the third conference of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate.
The journalist had two weeks before published an article in Al-Ayyam daily newspaper and some of the phrases had been interpreted as containing offending words against the president, but those who followed up Yabli's article denied such indications in his article and that it was misinterpreted.
In the wake of that incident voices are raised demanding the protection of journalists by issuing a law preventing imprisonment of journalists or humiliating them.
Meanwhile, Paris-based organisation ” Journalists Without Borders” condemned in a statement the attempted attack on the house of journalist Sadeq Nasher, director of al-Khaleej newspaper office in Sana'a and the threat of physical liquidating against him two weeks ago when five gunmen attacked Nashir's house, causing panic among members of his family.