Journalists seek international protection [Archives:2006/1009/Local News]

December 21 2006

SANA'A, Dec. 20 ) Four Yemeni journalists urged the United Nations to protect them from physical harm, hunting, assaults and harassments. They complained that their freedom of expression is restricted.

In a letter sent to U.N. Human Rights Council, a copy of which was published by Al-Tajamu' weekly, journalists urged the UNHRC to intercede and take an international decision to protect them in conformity with international conventions and legitimacies.

“The State hunts us, abuses our rights and restrict our freedom of expressions,” the Yemeni journalists said in their letter. “We were subjected to abduction, forcible disappearance and illegal and unconstitutional arrests. We are deprived of our livelihood sources because we criticize corruption and the military regime that has been grasping power for 28 years.”

The four journalists called on their colleagues to support their request, which is backed and signed by the famous writer and human rights activist Abdurrahim Mohsin, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Al-Deyyar newspaper, Hamoud Al-Mahdhari, Editor-In-Chief of Al-Shoura Net, Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani and the journalist Abdulqawi Al-Qubati.