Yemeni Journalists Syndicate hosts Minister of Human Rights [Archives:2004/758/Local News]

July 26 2004

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate hosted on Monday July 19th, the Minister of Human Rights, Ms. Amat Al-Aleem Al-Soswah.
The Minister presented a lecture, to a number of journalists and the board of the syndicate in order to shed some light on the legislation that organizes the press, in light of the President's directive to reconsider the Press Law with the objective of eradicating the imprisonment of journalists.
The Minister urged journalists to be active and to present a project at reflecting their vision towards the amendments of the Press Law.
On Wednesday, the reaching information group held its first meeting at the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, with the presence of the syndicate's secretary general Mr. Hafedh Al-Bukari and first undersecretary Mr. Saeed Thabit.
The group agreed to conduct a comprehensive study relating to the problems journalists encounter in obtaining information and in attempting to reach reliable sources and the availability of search mechanisms as basic rights of journalists. The participants also agreed to prepare a study regarding the role and responsibilities of journalists and mass media, in developing the case to obtain information, by highlighting the obstacles standing against journalists and the free flow of official information.
Commencing these studies came in preparation of a broad meeting of Yemeni journalists to be held next September, to discuss these important issues and within the framework of cooperation between the syndicate and Danish program, as promised, to develop the information sector in Yemen.
Mr. Hassan Al-Zaidi, Chief of the news division at the Yemen Times will present a working paper underlining the obstacles and difficulties that face news editors at private, independent and political party newspapers, in obtaining information and the accessibility to sources. The working paper will touch upon the mechanisms and methods of how to search for information and on the issue of news editors of some media organizations lacking the sufficient expertise.