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2011 saw 333 violations against journalists.

SANA'A, Sept. 23 -- The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate has published the Press Freedoms report for the years 2009 to 2011, which documents the most critical phase Yemeni journalism has undergone in the last twenty years.

The report found there were 614 violations reported during those three years.

In 2009, 153 violations were reported. In 2010, 128 violations were reported. And, in 2011, 333 violations were reported. The violations were diverse, including deaths, death and other threats, confiscation, trials, prosecution, detention, abductions, investigations, sedition and office closures.

Ashraf Al-Rifi, secretary of the Freedoms Committee and coordinator of the press freedom campaign, said Yemeni security forces committed 70 percent of violations. The report included the places, the types and the cases of violations.

Al-Rifi said 50 percent of violations were committed during 2011, over the course of the youth revolution. He said it was the most violent year for journalists.

Jamal Ana'am, head of the Freedoms Committee in the syndicate, said the Press Freedoms report has been issued in a very sensitive phase Yemen is going through. He said the report is adequate evidence of repression and provocation media outlets and journalists in Yemen have faced for decades.

For his part, Saeed Thabet, deputy head of the Journalists Syndicate, called for the Interior and Defense Ministries to launch educational campaigns for military and security personnel so they know how to deal with media and press freedom. Reporters from the syndicate should take part in this campaign to improve the relationship between security and journalists, particularly given deteriorating relationship between the two, he said. The report monitored a number of names as accused of contravening press freedom. Names such as Abdu Al-Janadi, the Sanhan security manager; some official channels, officers and soldiers from the Central Security Forces; officers and soldiers from the Republican Guard; officers and soldiers from the First Armored Division; and the supporters of some tribal sheikhs are all on the list of names. Journalists demanded the violators of the press freedoms be blacklisted and libeled in preparation for international and local court trials. The report was published with support from the Journalists International Union, the International Media Support Organization and the Friedrich Ebert Organization.

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Sep 24, 2012
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