Stop press oppression at home first [Archives:2003/674/Letters to the Editor]

October 6 2003

Ali Hussein
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The Yemeni government has suppressed reporters and editors for Yemeni newspapers for so long. There is rarely any criticism of the Yemen's national policies in Yemeni newspapers because the government is so overprotective of themselves. However, when Spanish officials arrested Al-Jazeera correspondent, Tayseer Alouni, the Yemeni president immediately called the Spanish Prime Minister demanding the reporter's release. “A political arrest violating the freedom of the press and human rights,” said Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on the detention of Tayseer.
Why is this double standard applied? Why can't he stop the violations of the freedom of press in his own country?