Justice Minister urges partnership between judiciary and media [Archives:2005/835/Local News]

April 21 2005

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
SANA'A- April 18, Dr. Adnan al-Jefri stated in a press conference that a partnership between judiciary and media is essential and that his ministry is planning to hold a comprehensive meeting to cover the prosecution of journalists and closures of publications.

The meeting aims to enhance contact and cooperation between the judiciary and the media, establish the status of judiciary and protect the rights and freedoms of journalists.

He stressed that judges and journalists are the two main guarantors of justice and expressed concern over the violations practiced against the judiciary and media, which he describes as being targeted against national unity.

Al-Jefri urged the journalists at the meeting to team up with judiciary officials to fight corruption.

The Justice Minister confirmed the strategy of developing and updating the judiciary, due to be announced in the second half of the year, will include a study on the actual levels of partnership between the media and the judiciary.

Both the judiciary and the media witnessed a series of controversies and heated arguments over the past few years due to the trials of some journalists and closure of newspapers. This made journalists lose their trust in judiciary apparatuses.

Dr Adnan al-Jefri is one of the active ministers who exerts effort to bringing journalists and the judiciary together to serve the goals of each.