Press freedom watch demands Griffiths to overturn death order against journalists

Press freedom watch demands Griffiths to overturn death order against journalists

Alsahwa Net- The Press Freedom Watch in Yemen demanded on Tuesday the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths to exercise pressures on the Houthis to overturn a death sentence against four detained journalists who have been in prison for five years. 

In a letter sent to Griffiths, the watch said that the four journalists: Abdulkhaleq Amran, Akram Ak-Waleedi, Hareth Humaid and Tawfiq Al-Mansouri were ruled to death during an unfair trial.

It indicated that the Houthis-run court that sentenced the four detained journalists to death is constitutionally illegal and that death ruling violates laws and international conventions on protection of journalists and the press freedom. 

The International Press Institute (IPI) called last Sunday on Griffiths to intervene in the case of the death order against the detained journalists.

the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) urged in a letter they sent to the UN Secretary General to support efforts for saving lives of the abducted journalists in the Houthis-run prisons.

For its part, the International Campaign for Release of the Detainees in Yemen said that the recent briefing made by Griffiths to the UN Security Council last Thursday “was insufficient and ignored the case of the detained journalists.”

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