YJS calls for electing new chief [Archives:2006/940/Local News]

April 24 2006

SANA'A, April 19 ) In a meeting this week, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) council decided to order the General Assembly to elect a new chief this June. The new chief will succeed Mahboub Ali, who stepped down last month due to health reasons.

At its meeting, chaired by acting YJS Chief Sa'eed Thabet, the YJS council discussed General Assembly duties, including a budget project presented by the financial officer.

The council urged the Cabinet to clearly explain investigations of assaults on Al-Nihar Managing Editor Jaje' Al-Jehafi and reporters Jamal Amer and Qied Al-Tairi.

It discussed complaints many journalists raised about several attacks and harassments and decried any illegal practices against journalists and journalism. Also, it condemned the assassination attempt on journalist Mahmoud Yasin and approved sending two letters to the Minister of Interior and the Attorney General to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to court.

The YJS council also discussed complaints by Nabil Al-Kumaim, Qatar's Al-Rayah newspaper reporter, who was defamed and accused by opposition parties of changing the contents of a press conference he held with Dr. Yasin Sa'eed Nu'man, Secretary-General of the Yemeni Socialist Party.