Yemen: After The Unfair Practices Against Journalists
Human Rights Activist And Former Interrogated For Defending Press Freedom .
Cairo, 16th of February, 2010
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounced today the escalated crackdown against newspapers and independent journalists in Yemen , extending to human rights activist now. Mohammed Naji, coordinator of the National Commission for Defending Rights and Freedoms "HOOD" and former MP, was prosecuted by a warrant issued by the Head Judge of the press court charged with abusing judiciary as Naji has criticized the press court and claimed it exceptional ,unconstitutional and illegal.
On March 2009 , Naji criticized the specialized press court in a symposium organized by "Sageen," (prisoner) organization. AlBalagh paper reported on the event leading to prosecuting the newspaper , setting 27/2/2010 for the hearing.
The decision of the supreme judicial council , in May 2009, to establish a specialized court for press and publication cases was widely criticized and unwelcomed by Yemeni journalists and supporters of press freedom.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information said , "These unfair government practices against the press, journalists must stop. Extending the crackdown to persecute one of the most prominent human rights activists in Yemen and the Arab world is quite alarming and is a herald of returning to the dark ages of tyranny and political oppression in Yemen".
Yemeni courts have turned to be the most active in the Arab world, where an unfair trial is held for a newspaper or a journalist almost daily because of their persistence to support the right of citizens to be aware of the tragic situations caused by short-sighted government practices. In addition, the government holds the so-called war on terror as an excuse to attack press freedom and civil society activists who stand against the continuously deteriorating political and economic situations in Yemen.