Newsletter No 22 14 March 2006
 
Press Freedom:
CPJ's Special Report: In Yemen, Press Climate is Deteriorating

The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a special report on the situation of freedom of the press in Yemen. The report, entitled "Attacks, Censorship, and Dirty Tricks”, describes a worsening environment for publishers and journalists.

According to the investigation, more than 24 Yemeni journalists have been assaulted, imprisoned, or subjected to spurious criminal lawsuits in the past two years, while seven newspapers have been closed by court or government order in the last year in what CPJ describes as “a dangerous escalation in the government's crackdown on the country's independent and opposition press.”

These cases come as the independent and opposition press has gone further in tackling sensitive political issues and corruption. “The developments have fostered a climate of fear and intimidation for the press," the report says.

The report can be read in English at http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/2006/yemen_3-06/yemen_3-06.html

For the Arabic version, go to http://www.cpj.org/Briefings/2006/Yemen_arb/yemen_3-06_arabic.html