“The Guardian” reports about suffering of Yemeni journalists

“The Guardian” reports about suffering of Yemeni journalists

Alsahwa Net- The Guardian newspaper has reported about the suffering of Yemeni journalist detained by the Iran-backed Houthi group, pointing out that the group has been detaining a group of Yemeni journalists since years.

Last year, the Houthi group sentenced four journalists to death; these journalists are Abdel-Khaleq Amran, Akram al-Walidi, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq al-Mansouri. 

The Houthi group detains a group of Yemeni journalists, including four journalists who were sentenced to death.

“These four colleagues are being used by the Houthis as pawns, to blackmail both the international community and the Yemeni government,” Buthaina Faroq, a Yemeni activist who was also forced to flee the country and is living in Malaysia, told the Guardian.

The newspaper quoted, a group of Yemeni journalists who survived years of torture in Houthi prisons, as saying that they, during their incarceration, members of the group were punished after being found with pens.

“On one occasion, all 10 were brought from their cells to listen to a speech from the rebel leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi in which he said journalists were “more dangerous than those fighting on the frontlines” the journalist told the Guardian.

Abdel-Khaleq Amran, Akram al-Walidi, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq al-Mansouri were arrested along with six other journalists in raids in the capital, Sana’a, in the summer of 2015, shortly after the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen’s war.

The group of 10 were eventually charged with spying, including “collaborating with the enemy” and “spreading false news and rumors” to weaken the Iran-backed rebels.

The Houthis are accused by rights groups of routinely imprisoning and torturing dissenters and those suspected of spying for the coalition. Hostages are sometimes purposely held in locations likely to be the target of coalition airstrikes: two imprisoned journalists, Abdullah Qabel and Yousif al-Aizari, died when a military site in Dhamar was bombed in 2015.

According to Reporters Without Borders, about 20 Yemeni journalists are being held prisoner by the Houthis or al-Qaida. Yemen ranked 167th out of 180 countries in the organisation’s press freedom index for 2020.

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