Prosecution shuts down al-Ibhar Newspaper [Archives:2005/855/Local News]

June 30 2005

SANA'A- The press and publication prosecutor closed down Al-ibhar newspaper on Monday (chief editor Abdullah Al-shawafi) after the primary judgment of the court of North Sana'a last March. The sentence was issued after a law suit was filed by Yemenia air ways. The sentence ruled that the newspaper should be suspended for two weeks and a fine of 5 thousand pounds (30$) for journalist Mohamed Sha'ab

The Journalists Syndicate denounced the execution of such judgments. A communique by the Syndicate of journalists assured that the closure of newspapers is against constitutional principles and democracy, undermining the Yemeni democratic process.