Specify Journalism Cadre Journalists Request Government [Archives:2000/47/Reportage]

November 20 2000

Ismael Al-Ghabiri
Yemen Times

Journalists urged the government not to back out from its decisions to specify the journalism cadre due to be implemented from January 2001 in accordance with the Cabinet decision already approved in this regard.
In their second sit-in staged last Tuesday in front of the Cabinet and in coordination with the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, journalists presented their second memo to the cabinet addressing Dr. Iryani, PM, saying We were expecting that 
your esteemed government would be up to its decisions and that journalism cadre would be characterized from January 2001. However, to our astonishment, this was completely ignored in the budget of media establishments for 2001.
They also said We could find no reason for the government to go back on its decision to specify the cadre. In their memo, reported by local as well as foreign media, journalists asserted that they would never give up demanding for their rights and that they would struggle hard despite their miserable conditions. It is reported that the journalists conditions in Yemen are the worst when compared to the situation of the Arab Media bodies.
In its meeting held last week, the Journalists Syndicate Council had expressed support for journalists demands. The council indicated that in case these demands were not met, the council would meet with the President to discuss the matter with him.